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Dr. Brittany Lockard: Look at Her! I Don't Think So! A Narrative Meditation on Power, Beauty Standards and Sexual Assault

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February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In the past decade, several high-profile accusations of sexual affairs and assaults have been publicly ridiculed based on the conventional attractiveness (or lack thereof) of the accusers. In 2018, then-president Donald Trump scoffed at the idea that he participated in an affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. “Look at her,” he said at a rally in Florida. “Look at her words. I don’t think so.” A particularly egregious case in Italy has drawn public protests, as an appeals court overturned a rape verdict in 2019 by arguing that the woman was “too ugly to be a credible rape victim.”

In this talk, Dr. Lockard draws on her own lived experiences through reflexive and autoethnographic research methods as a starting point to investigate contemporary attitudes about sexual assault, especially as they relate to the Western world’s increasingly unachievable beauty standards, gender, fatness, queerness, and other marginalized identities. The talk will explore the discourse surrounding sexual assault in the news, popular culture, and even the art history classroom to ask how we can do better in the future. Join us for a reception at 5:30 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m.

Please be aware that the talk will include frank discussion of sexual assault. Attendees should prioritize their own mental health and safety.


February 7
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Ulrich Museum of Art
(316) 978-3664


Beren Gallery
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount St
Wichita, KS
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