IWU Explores the Psychology of Gender
March 25, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan Professor of Art/Graphic Design Sherri McElroy
will present a multimedia presentation exploring the psychology of gender on Tuesday,
March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington),
The event, titled Aprons and Ashtrays, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments
will be served.
Aprons and Ashtrays is named after the kitchens and dens that once divided a household
in the 1950s. The kitchen (or the apron) represents the women and their stereotypical
emotional availability, the den (or the ashtrays) represents the men and their stereotypical
intellectual side, with emotional unavailability. This experimental presentation in
interactive storytelling is based on McElroy's childhood memories of her grandparents'
lifestyle. She was especially inspired by her recollections of her grandmother laughing
in the kitchen and her grandfather smoking cigars in the den. McElroy will take the
audience through five decades - the 50s, through the 90s - as she explores the psychology
of gender through the ages, including gender empowerment, getting rid of gender stereotypes,
and leading finally to a gender neutrality. The program will be presented using various
mediums, including computer projection and acting.
For additional information contact Vicki Magee, director of Women's Studies, at 309/556-3574.
Contact: Leslie Boelter (309) 556-3181