APC hosts discussion on Thursday, Jan. 27
Daniel Robinson Contributing Writer
The event was not at all what I expected from the title.
I pictured the event being about reading the opposite sex’s signals in the adventures we call dating. The event was definitely about reading the opposite sex’s signal but on a more serious note.
The show was a traveling road show with two actors. The two had good chemistry which they used to control the dynamic of the room. The actors played out scenes that happen all over the nation on a regular basis especially on college campuses everywhere.
They would take a break from the show to get the audience involved asking questions like “what is a woman supposed to be like?” or “what is a man supposed to be like?”
The event was really light- hearted in the beginning. It depicted different instances when hooking up with someone could go wrong.
The show then took a sharp turn and got heavy for a bit as the actors depicted a scene that was eventually exposed as an incident of non-stranger rape.
The show was an intelligent yet funny approach to an issue that’s not funny. It was a thought-provoking way to look at and maybe even understand a bit more about mixed signals that might occur in relationships.
Kristen McMillen Staff Writer
The APC event involved two actors using nothing but the Student Union Theater stage and two chairs to perform. Students were asked to submit pickup lines and typical stereotypes about both male and female genders, and the actors used the stereotypes as a basis for their characters.
The female actor played the sexy and unconfident character. The male played the strong, mighty and sexually charged character. Every scene left the audience of some 30-40 students laughing.
However, one scene involved even more audience participation. The students were instructed to hold up signs with the word “stop” on them at any moment in the scene when they felt things became uncomfortable.
The male actor was clearly dominant and quickly turned their conversation into a sexual direction. He eventually reached over for the female character’s leg and tried to kiss her; she looked uncomfortable throughout the entire scene. She casually tried to let him know she was uninterested before running off just as he was about to kiss her.
“I put up the stop sign when he put his hand on her leg,” one student said. Clearly, though, the students had mixed signals about the situation.
Their acting helped create a dialogue of tougher topics such as sexual assault and alcohol consumption. The audience learned through questioning that both he and the female character had consumed a large amount of alcohol, the female character had whispered, “stop,” and the female character had not shown much movement during the act. The male character claimed the act was consensual, because the female character initiated all physical actions, except the sex, every time.
Students were asked to raise their hands if they believed this act was definitely rape, definitely not rape or if they were just confused. Only a couple of students raised their hands to say it was definitely rape, whereas about 10 students raised their hands to say it was definitely not rape. The majority of the students admitted they were confused and did not know what to think.
The actors revealed that this scenario was definitely rape, because the female character said, “no,” and could not consent while intoxicated. The actors reminded the students that in nearly 90 percent of sexual assaults the drug involved is alcohol. The actors also pointed out that the majority of sexual assaults involve someone the victim knows.
The actors even challenged further stereotypes and reminded the audience that both women and men can be sexually assaulted. They showed the audience where to go for help and how to prevent situations like this from happening.
APC’s Sex Signals is unique in that it uses elements of theatre to bring a humorous, but much needed serious discussion to students. This atmosphere played on male/female stereotypes and challenges them. It opened up a dialogue for students to think about topics in different ways than what they previously thought.