October 19, 2005

Guerilla gorillas bring
feminist fight to campus

Don't be offended when a bunch of gorillas take the stage at Sacramento State and start flinging the "F" word around. The gorillas are actually women in costume and the word they'll be using is "feminism." The highly traveled and popular Guerilla Girls will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the University Union Ballroom. The event is free.

The Guerilla Girls is an organization of feminist women who tour the world speaking out about the gender and racial prejudice that women have faced, especially in the entertainment and art industries. The activist group satirically disguises themselves in gorilla masks and costumes and uses aliases of deceased female artists such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keefe and Gertrude Stein.

Founded in 1985, the Girls have created numerous books, posters and stickers that aim to expose society's stereotypes of women. The formation of the Girls was inspired by the lack of women artists showcased in a 1985 art show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

For more information, log on to the Guerilla Girls website at www.guerillagirls.com. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156 .

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