Women in the World: Pornography, Abuse and the Sexualization of Young Girls

May 1, 2012


Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

University of Central Arkansas

201 Donaghey Avenue

Conway, AR 72035


This event is of NO COST to you!!


We’ve all seen the bumper sticker: Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. Join Drs. Jacob Held, Taine Duncan, and Ron Novy as they discuss three pressing issues facing women that demonstrate that as a society we are sorely in need of a reminder that women are in fact people. Through discussions of pornography, domestic violence, and the sexualization of young girls we’ll see how society still fails to see women as people, and how we all suffer as a result.



Feminism, Sexualization, Objectification, Exploitation, Sexual abuse, domestic abuse, prostitution, pornography, free speech, self-esteem, body image, beauty, feminist ethics, Simone De Beauvoir, Catherine MacKinnon

Benefit of attending:
One’s awareness of pressing issues for our women and society will be raised. People can learn how to better prepare themselves and their daughters to deal with and respond to the injustice. Feminism is not just a theoretical position, it is a method and approach to dealing with the world. This forum will provide those in attendance with the tools necessary to combat injustices and inequities they may find in their lives, as well as understanding about the origin of these injustices. Over half the population is female, and all women could use a crash course in how men and our culture see them. It’s eye opening, empowering, and necessary.

How can this benefit educators?:
They may learn about a great deal of research over a broad range of topics that they are currently unaware of. Feminism and the issues is handles are often over simplified. This forum will provide insight into cutting edge work being done in feminist thought.




Presented By:

Dr. Jacob Held is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Arkansas. He is an expert in legal and political theory and 19th century German philosophy and has published widely in applied ethics, the philosophy of punishment, and most recently pornography. He is also the editor of Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the Thinks You can Think!  He can be contacted via email at jmheld@uca.edu

Dr. Taine Duncan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Central Arkansas. She also teaches courses for the Gender Studies minor program, and for the African/African-American Studies program. She is the faculty advisor for the Feminist Union at UCA. She can be contacted via email at tduncan@uca.edu

Dr. Ron Novy,  a Lecturer of Philosophy and Religion says his current interest is Philosophy and Popular Culture. A vital part of the Philosophy and Religion Department at UCA,  you can often find Dr. Novy researching such interests as Evolution of Consciousness, Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Limits of Personhood.  Dr. Novy also leads the PhiRe Film & Lecture Series.  He can be contacted via email at rnovy@uca.edu


Faculty Contact:
Dr. Jacob Held