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"It Was Rape" Screening & Discussion, Jennifer Baumgardner, Filmmaker/Activist


A Screening and Discussion with
JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER, Filmmaker & Activist
and a panel of women featured in the film


Thursday, April 25th, 2013
7:00-9:15 PM
The Feminist District
The Tank- 151 W. 46th St. (b/t 6th & 7th Ave) 8th Floor, NYC 10036
elevator access
Subway: N,R,Q to 49th St. or B,D,F,M to Rockefeller Center

Cost: $12 pre-paid, $15 at door
TWITTER: @PShiftNYC, #itwasrape

Paradigm Shift T-Shirts on sale at event

"If [It Was Rape] starts a conversation, it won't be a quiet one, which is just what Ms. Baumgardner wants."
- Susan Dominus, New York Times

"It Was Rape" will change the way you think about this most terrible—and most everyday—of crimes. It’s heartrending, brave, and important.”
- Katha Pollitt, “Subject to Debate” columnist, *The Nation*

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Rape is wrong, illegal, reprehensible—and yet still tragically common. In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb faceless statistics—and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. Ultimately, these stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all.

It Was Rape began screening in December of 2012. This spring it will be part of film festivals, Take Back the Night events and anti-violence programming in Alabama, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Louisiana, Ohio, New York, and Arizona. To schedule a screening in your community or to purchase the film for institutional or advocacy use, please contact [masked].

JENNIFER BAUMGARDER, Filmmaker & Activist
After five years as an editor at the feminist magazine, Ms., Fargo-native Jennifer Baumgardner began writing investigative pieces for Harper’s and The Nation, commentaries for NPR’s All Things Considered, and contributing to magazines such as Real Simple, Glamour, Redbook, Babble, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle.

Jennifer is the author of five books: Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics, Abortion and Life, F ‘em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls, as well as the best-selling books about feminism written with Amy Richards—Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future (FSG, 2000) and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (FSG, 2005). In 2002, Jennifer and Amy founded Soapbox, Inc., a speakers' bureau that also produces week-long Feminist Camps and Intensives, and seeks to connect people hungry for feminism with resources and with one another.

The Commonwealth Club of California honored her in their centennial year as a “Visionary for the 21st Century,” commenting that “in her role as author and activist, [Jennifer has] permanently changed the way people think about feminism…and will shape the next 100 years of politics and culture.” She created and produced the award-winning documentary "I Had an Abortion" in 2005. She directed and produced "It Was Rape," and is thrilled that Paradigm Shift is supporting this event.

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Paradigm Shift NYC is the New York City metro-area’s critically acclaimed and largest feminist community group and event series. We’ve produced over 40 sold out lectures, discussions, screenings, and performances featuring leaders in feminist thought, that range from artists and academics to filmmakers and policy activists. Paradigm Shift NYC events challenge and inspire attendees to contribute to the feminist movement by providing a unique and welcoming platform for expression and coalition building. In early 2011, Berkeley College commissioned Paradigm Shift to produce a four-part webinar series on domestic violence, LGBTQ community building, and creating sexual empowerment. We have partnerships with over 130 progressive organizations. TimeOut New York named Paradigm Shift “Critics’ Pick” on 12 occasions, an unprecedented honor among progressive organizations. Meredith Villano, Co-Founder and Director, was honored by Feminist Press "40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism".


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  • Leslie G.

    A powerful and important film to show to all high school and college students, all parent groups...actually everyone needs to view 'It Was Rape.' The experiences of these women get us to not only think about similarities our own lives and those we know, but feel very deeply as well. This film brings up questions for me about self-worth vs distortion in female/male relationships and societal beliefs and practices (sexual slavery, sex industry, pornography, ecology of Mother Earth) as a whole.
    I was very heartened by the participation of all different age groups in this event.

    April 26, 2013

  • Ariel

    Superb! A glint of great change to come. This film can be the beginning of it all. Bravo, JB!

    April 26, 2013

  • Audra F.

    I RSVPed on here but didn't realize I needed to buy ticket in advance. I will still go over. Will I get in?

    April 25, 2013

  • Paradigm S.

    We only have a few tickets left - please buy now or show up at door for waiting list

    April 24, 2013

  • Samantha A.

    I'll be there! With a guest, Hannes

    April 23, 2013

  • Brenita M.

    MY guest''s name is Deloris Dockery.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    April 8, 2013

  • Chris M.

    My college just scheduled its Open House that night, and I need to be there to represent my discipline.

    April 4, 2013

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