November 14, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], Women's Student Assembly (WSA), USC Program Board's Speakers Committee, The USC Center for Women & Men, and Media Education Foundation invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women

Directed by Jeremy Earp
Written by Jessica Valenti and Jeremy Earp
Produced by Jeremy Earp, Scott Morris,
and Jason Young
Followed by a Q&A with Jessica Valenti
7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

About The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women

In this video adaptation of her bestselling book, pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti trains her sights on “the virginity movement” — an unholy alliance of evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative policy intellectuals who have been exploiting irrational fears about women’s sexuality to roll back women’s rights. From dad-and-daughter “purity balls,” taxpayer-funded abstinence-only curricula, and political attacks on Planned Parenthood, to recent attempts by legislators to de-fund women’s reproductive health care and narrow the legal definition of rape, Valenti identifies a single, unifying assumption: the myth that the worth of a woman depends on what she does — or does not do — sexually. In the end, Valenti argues that the health and well-being of women are too important to be left to ideologues bent on vilifying feminism and undermining women’s autonomy.

Provided courtesy of Media Education Foundation. Not rated. Running time: 45 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here

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About Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti -- called the "poster girl for third-wave feminism" by Salon and one of the Top 100 Inspiring Women in the world by The Guardian -- is the author of three books: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters, He's a Stud, She's a Slut... and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, and The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. She is the editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of the Top 100 Books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly. Jessica is also the founder of, which Columbia Journalism Review calls "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues in mainstream media." Jessica won the 2011 Hillman Journalism Prize for her work with Feministing.

Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms. magazine, Salon, and Bitch magazine. She has won a Choice USA Generation award, was featured as one of ELLE magazine's "IntELLEgentsia", and was named one of the Left's Top 25 Journalists by The Daily Beast. She has appeared on The Colbert Report and the Today show, among others, and was recently profiled in The New York Times Magazine under the headline "Fourth Wave Feminism."

Jessica is also a widely sought after speaker who gives dozens of speeches annually at universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She received her Masters degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, where she is a part-time lecturer.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

About the Women's Student Assembly (WSA)

Founded in 1990, the purpose of the Women's Student Assembly is to address the emerging concerns of USC women by working to strengthen the network of female students, faculty, staff, and organizations. With a network of diverse organizations and a proactive stance in sponsoring political, educational, social, and community events, WSA seeks to raise the awareness, impact, and voices of USC women.

Our member organizations include:

Take Back the Night, The Clothesline Project, Society of Women Engineers, Women's Theatre Organization, USC VDAY, Women and Youth Supporting Each Other, Youths Exploring Passion, Marshall Women's Leadership Board

Learn more at:

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About USC Program Board's Speakers Committee

The Speakers Committee serves the University of Southern California students, staff, faculty, and surrounding community by bringing a multitude of diversified speakers to campus every academic school year.

The goal of our speakers is to provide insight, education,entertainment, and the promotion of diversity through cultural awareness. Past Speakers include Barack Obama, Oliver Stone, Dr. Drew, Natalie Portman, Maya Angelou and Spike Lee.

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About the USC Center for Women & Men

The USC Center for Women & Men exists to facilitate the success of students, faculty and staff by providing innovative opportunities for leadership and scholarship and by offering advocacy and confidential counseling to those who have experienced gender-related harm. Through its educational programs, the Center fosters a better understanding of feminism, healthy masculinity and gender equity. Above all, The USC Center for Women & Men serves as a haven for students, staff and faculty.

The Center fosters an environment that enriches the USC experience across lines of gender, race, ethnicity, class, ability and sexual orientation by:

1. Offering educational programs that help prevent sexual violence and create healthy relationships.
2. Serving as a safe, confidential space for survivors of sexual assault and other gender-related harm to receive counseling and advocacy.
3. Providing programs that develop and apply leadership skills.
4. Collaborating with student groups and other campus offices committed to addressing gender-related topics.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago