Stalking behaviors often go unnoticed because so many love stories tell us that stalking is acceptable or even romantic.  RSVP’s Stalking Awareness Month webinar It’s Not Me, It’s You: How Pop Culture Romanticizes Stalking on January 28th at 1-2:30 pm will take a closer look at how some of your favorite TV shows and movies might be romanticizing stalking. Join pop culture fanatics from RSVP and the LGBTQ+ Student Center to learn about how media impacts our relationships.

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  • Bri Sugano (she/ her) is a Violence Prevention Educator in RSVP. Bri earned her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and has since done relationship and sexual violence prevention work, with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community. Bri loves to incorporate her passion for media and pop culture into violence prevention as a method for understanding and being critical of social and cultural norms. Bri’s pop culture faves are corny rom-coms, reality tv, and anything camp.
     
  • Megan van der Toorn (she/ they) leads the LGBTQ+ Student Center and Gender Equity Resources as the Student Equity & Inclusion Program Manager of Signature Programs. Megan earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Vanderbilt University and has since worked in various roles providing resources and mentoring LGBTQ+ students. Megan’s biggest passion and interest in life is the representation of queer women on television and in other media. She believes firmly that media shapes culture and that representation matters. Megan welcomes any opportunity to speak about the importance of the film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, why #LexaDeservedBetter, the revolutionizing power of Juliantina, and the narrative tool of the female ga(y)ze.

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