MOORHEAD - Visitors to Minnesota State University Moorhead's campus this week may see something unusual - like students wearing all black or stickers that read, "This insults me."
Those and other demonstrations are planned as part of "Don't Objectify Me" week, which aims to raise awareness against objectifying women and gender stereotypes.
"The media portrayal of women and men makes it seem like you should (look a certain way)," said Amanda Kennedy, MSUM social work major and one of the week's organizers. "We just want to break down those barriers."
Don't Objectify Me week was organized by students in MSUM's "Sociology of Gender" class.
Kennedy said her professor hopes the week will become an annual campus event.
"The whole week was pretty much a group effort," said Emily Kerfeld, another organizer.
One activity Kerfeld thinks will be most effective is "Blackout Objectification Day" on Wednesday, when students will dress in all black.
"We're all going to wear black and match each other so that no one sticks out, and we'll kind of show that really, we're all the same," she said.
Activities during "Don't Objectify Me" week include:
• "No Make-Up Monday"
• A table in MSUM's student union on Tuesday, when students are asked to bring objectifying ads for a poster.
• "Blackout Objectification Day" on Wednesday, when all students are encouraged to dress in black.
• Another student union table Thursday, with free stickers reading "This insults me" for students to place on anything offensive.
• Inspirational notes placed around campus by event organizers on Friday.
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