Sex Signals

“The show was amazing! Students were super engaged and gave very positive reviews. The actors were phenomenal and it was such a pleasure working with them.”

Farzana Katideen, Rutgers University

About Sex Signals:

-A unique combination of improvisational comedy, education and audience participation

-Provides a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex, and date rape on college campuses

-Explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes, and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes

-Students are challenged to provide solutions that will better improve communications in interpersonal relationships

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Sex Signals is based on the following learning objectives:

 provides a definition of active consent
 unpacks the importance and necessity of consent
 explains the intersection of alcohol and sexual assault
 frames rape as a moral issue
 encourages the importance of bystander intervention
 deconstructs the impact of rape on the victim (and the community)
 debunks myths surrounding rape, and survivors of violence



We’ve Updated The Program For 2018!

What We Kept

-Provides a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex, and rape on college campuses

– Uses humor, facilitated dialogue and several semi-improvisational scenes to explore the cultural messaging we receive about gender, sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships

 -Helps audiences identify the different ways they can intervene to create a safer community for all

What We Updated

– Provides students the opportunity to critically analyze toxic cultural messaging about sexual orientation and gender and how those stereotypes support rape myth and victim blaming

-Examines what role culture and privilege play in justifying unhealthy and dangerous beliefs about what is acceptable social and sexual behavior

– Includes an intersectional lens to critique how stereotypes about sexuality and gender identity contribute to a culture that privilege some and objectify others

– Features a scene about a college student defending his buddy from a recent accusation of rape. This scene challenges audiences to take the view of the bystander not only to evaluate that role but also to consider how we may all unwittingly support friends problematic and dangerous behaviors and how to do something to stop it.

What’s Behind It

This program incorporates theory and research from multiple disciplines. This theoretical framework is divided into two areas: content and approach.


1.            Content


  • Our content related to the nature of sexual violence and perpetrators is driven by the research of serial non-stranger rapists conducted by Lisak (2002); and McWhorter (2009); research on the role of justification, victim blaming, and sexist attitudes on perpetration conducted by Wegner, Abbey, et al., (2015); Gavey, (2005); and Kline, (2015).
  • Our content related to role of coercion and consent is driven by the research of Conroy, et al., (2014), Young, et al., (2016); Degue and DeLillo (2004).
  • Our content related to the role of schema and script theory is driven by the research of Littleton, (2006), Abbey, 2002; Frith & Kitzinger, 2001; Kowalski, 1993; Muehlenhard et al., 1996


2.            Approach


  • Our pedagogical approach is based in part on best practices research conducted by Lonsway, (1996; 2009) and Schewe, 2002; bystander intervention research conducted by Berkowitz and Banyard (2007); and moral domain theory research conducted by Turiel, (1983; 2008) and Nucci (1997; 2001).
  • Our strategic use of humor is based on the research of Chesebro and McCroskey, (1998); Doskoch, (1996); Eisner, (1998); Farelly and Lynch, (1987); and Kher, Molstad, and Donahue, (1999); Madsen, (1993); Martin, (2007); Meyer, (2000); Nussbaum, (1992); and, O’Quin and Aronoff, (1981).

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