Saturday, October 29, 2011

Let's Talk About Sex

The following is a post from guest writer Athena Hughes, the producer of Notre Dame's Loyal Daughters and Sons. Notre Dame remains extremely conservative and quiet about a major issue on college campuses: sex, sexual assault, and sexuality. As Halloween Weekend arrives, we think it an appropriate time to open the dialogue about a topic that should never be made taboo. Be safe this weekend, and go Irish!

Do you have something to say about sex? If you want to contribute to the conversation about sexuality and relationships on this campus, whether it is an experience or an opinion, we want to hear it!

Loyal Daughters and Sons is an annual theatrical performance comprised of scenes and monologues, all of them based on interviews with Notre Dame students. It began five years ago as a Gender Studies thesis project with an interest in increasing awareness and promoting discussion about relationships, sexual violence, sexuality, religion, and gender relations at Notre Dame. Each year includes new scenes based on new interviews, in addition to scenes from past performances.

This year we want to diversify the discussion as much as possible, but we can only do that if we have a range of interviews to draw from. This is where you come in! If you have had an experience, positive or negative, painful or joyful, that you feel comfortable sharing with our interviewers, we would love to hear from you.

If you don’t have a story to share but you have an opinion, we want to hear that too! Whether it’s your personal beliefs about or your experiences with sex, sexuality, relationships, or assault, or how these issues are dealt with at Notre Dame, you can make a valuable contribution to this year’s performance, and possibly future performances as well.

This semester is dedicated to collecting interviews that the writers, Tara Duffy and Jodie Sullivan, will use to create new scenes and monologues. The interview content is sometimes quoted directly in the script and is sometimes used as a jumping-off point, but always with a commitment and sensitivity to the intention and feelings of the interviewee. Rest assured that the identities of all interviewees are always kept strictly confidential. If you would prefer to be interviewed by a male student, arrangements can be made.

If want to set up an interview, or if you have any questions, email us at We look forward to hearing from you!

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