February 14, 2013
The Naked Truth
Bif Naked to
lecture at UFV on International Women’s Day March 8
Released by Ali Siemens, UFV
Women’s Day (IWD) has several facets of celebration, and fighting
against adversity is a main theme. Having a strong female voice is
one of the ways women and men can both learn about the difficulties
women face in today’s society.
The University of the
Fraser Valley has partnered with supporters throughout Abbotsford to
make their own event a unique and successful appreciation of women
on March 8. Lisa Morry (the Faculty and Staff Association’s
representative for the Status of Women) has planned afternoon
celebrations, including Bif Naked speaking about body image and the
The event starts at 3 pm in B101 with a free screening of the
documentary Miss Representation. The documentary focuses on how
women are portrayed in the media and challenges mainstream media’s
limited view on women.
“This is a powerful message that I think is important for young
people,” Morry says. “In Canada there are fewer women business
leaders and government representatives in key positions than there
are men. It’s vital to get a feminine perspective in
The documentary will be followed by refreshments and the guest
lecture from Bif Naked.
A breast cancer survivor and punk rocker, Bif Naked has experience
in the spotlight, and knows the pros and cons of media coverage. Her
lecture will touch on this subject, specifically in the way it
relates to women and body image.
Although she has never met the rocker, Morry is excited to bring Bif
Naked to campus.
“She inspires me because of her positive attitude in battling cancer
and dealing with a marriage break-up, while still pursuing her love
affair with music,” Morry explains. “Bif Naked presents the image of
a very strong woman who has faced some significant setbacks, but
keeps getting up again and carrying on. I think that’s a scenario
that’s familiar to many women as we move through our lives. It’s the
getting back up again that makes the difference.”
As the documentary notes, there are not as many women who hold
positions of power, and this should give people something to think
about. Morry points out that the female perspective is currently
lacking, but could be a game-changer for society.
“Viewpoints shift when women help decide where we are going to spend
our money and our energy as a society,” she notes. “Are we going to
invest in daycare, education and eliminating child poverty or are we
going to buy some F-35 fighter jets?”
The event is free to students, and for faculty and community members
there is a $10 entrance fee and tickets can be bought and the
Abbotsford or Chilliwack UFV libraries.
Partners for the event include University President Mark Evered,
University Advancement Office, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies,
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Faculty of Professional
Studies, Fraser Valley’s Women’s Coalition, Abbotsford Police
Department and Canadian Federation of University Women.
For more information contact Lisa Morry via e-mail
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