Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006
Photo 1

Courtesy photo

Artwork from the film

The Arts

Documentary screening to benefit Planned Parenthood

To reserve a ticket, go to bit.ly/breastarchive. For more information about this event, call 802-448-9754. To volunteer with Planned Parenthood Defenders of Southern Vermont, call 802-579-7433.

BRATTLEBORO—The Breast Archives, a radical documentary exposing how breasts can affect self-esteem and life experiences for women, is showing in Brattleboro on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m., at 118 Elliot.

Tickets are $10 (suggested donation), and all proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Brattleboro health center.

According to a news release, the film shares the unadulterated stories of nine women who disclose bodily shame and disconnection. As these women slowly reconnect with their body-based stories, they find a reservoir of strength and wisdom.

Following the film is a question-and-answer session with its producer, Meagan Murphy, as well as women from the film, and Hannah Neff, a nurse practitioner from Planned Parenthood’s health center in Brattleboro.

An award-winning producer with 25 years of experience in film and broadcast television, Murphy spent 12 years at WGBH in Boston. In 2008, she received a Communicator’s Award for her work on a weekly series for teenagers, and Women of Distinction Magazine named Murphy one of the top 10 Women Leaders of 2016.

This event is brought to Brattleboro by Planned Parenthood Defenders of Southern Vermont with support from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

PPNNE provides sexuality and reproductive health services and education for women and men at 21 health centers across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

“PPNNE is proud to be sponsoring this event,” said Lucy Leriche, PPNNE Vermont vice president of public policy, in a news release. “We want all women to feel empowered in and about their bodies, health, and sexuality.”

Leriche praised Murphy’s film “for lifting up the voices of women who challenge viewers to reflect upon how society views and treats breasts. We hope it motivates other women to share their own stories about their bodies in an effort to create positive change and awareness in our communities.”

What do you think? Leave us a comment

Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.

Add Comment

* Required information
1000
What is the sum of 1 + 2 + 3?
Captcha Image
Powered by Commentics

Comments (12)

Sort By
Topic: Page One
5/5 (2)
1 2 3 > Last
Gravatar
New
Tamara Stenn
Gravatar
1
0
0
Aug 2018
Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

Gravatar
New
Judith Skillman
Gravatar
1
0
0
Aug 2018
Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

Gravatar
Regular
Ruby Bode
Gravatar
10
0
5
Aug 2018
Top Poster
First Poster
Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

Gravatar
New
Peter Ford
Gravatar
1
1
0
Aug 2018
Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

Gravatar
New
TB Smith
Gravatar
1
0
1
Aug 2018
TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

Gravatar
Regular
Ruby Bode
Gravatar
10
0
5
Aug 2018
Top Poster
First Poster
Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

Gravatar
Regular
Ruby Bode
Gravatar
10
0
5
Aug 2018
Top Poster
First Poster
Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

Gravatar
New
Amelia Stone
Gravatar
1
0
0
Aug 2018
Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

Page 1 of 3
1 2 3 > Last
 
 

Originally published in The Commons issue #446 (Wednesday, February 14, 2018). This story appeared on page B2.

Related stories