Upcoming Events

Bad Choices: The Impact of Social Forces on Girls' Sexual Lives (3 CEUs)

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

114 Wende Hall, South Campus

$25 UBSSW alumni, $35 all others

Laina Bay-Cheng, PhD

Denise Krause, (716) 645-1223 (krause@buffalo.edu)

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Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Young women's sexuality is a frequent topic of conversation, whether debating if dress codes are sexist, if #metoo has gone "too far," if young women's displays of sexuality are signs of empowerment or objectification, and how consent gets negotiated and communicated. As complex as these conversations are, they are often narrow: focused only on sexuality and leaving out the other domains of girls' lives; or focused only on girls with relative social privilege and leaving out those contending with social injustices such as racism and poverty.

This workshop will be a time and place for us to consider how the broader circumstances of girls' lives affect their sexual choices: both the choices they make and the choices they have available to them in the first place. We will review and reflect on contemporary research and theory regarding young women's sexuality, paying special attention to the perspectives and experiences of those marginalized by social norms and material conditions. We will also consider how social workers across fields of practice can advocate for the sexual rights and well-being of all young women.