More than Love: Mason Programs Address Healthy Relationships

Posted: February 7, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nicholas Zinzer

Healthy Relationships Week, sponsored by George Mason Sexual Assault Services, begins today, Feb. 7. The week is filled with events that address love, communication and self-esteem and culminates with a production of “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday, Feb. 10.

“The big event is ’Can I Kiss You’?” says Connie Kirkland, director of Sexual Assault Services. “Can I Kiss You?” is a discussion hosted by comedian Mike Domitrz. “The whole show is about asking rather than doing … it’s all about permission,” says Kirkland. Domitrz has been touring the country with his program for a decade addressing “dating, hooking up and how we talk to each other.” “Can I Kiss You?” will come to Mason on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus.

Throughout the week, Healthy Relationship kiosks will be set up in the Johnson Center.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, “Creative Expressions of Love” will be discussed at a kiosk open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will encourage students to find alternative ways to express love other than the popular saying, “I love you.”

Also on Tuesday, a discussion will be held on what makes a healthy relationship. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Occoquan Building at the Prince William Campus.

Healthy Relationship Week will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with “Love Your Body, Love Yourself.” It will take place at a kiosk in the Johnson Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will encourage students to “make declarations of self-acceptance.”

On Thursday, Feb. 9, “Communication Toolkit,” another kiosk event, is scheduled to be held in the Johnson Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will instruct students step-by-step how to develop effective communication skills.

“The Vagina Monologues” wraps up the week on Feb. 10 and 11 in Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus. The play “encourages women to speak out,” says Kirkland.

Mason student Lisa Gross, a theater major, is the director. The play seeks to “make women feel good about their bodies,” she says.

This is the sixth consecutive year the show has run at Mason. According to Kirkland, the play has sold out every year. While a younger audience is welcome, anyone under 16 years of age should have a discussion about the play with a parent or guardian, Kirkland advises.

For more information, call Sexual Assault Services at 703-993-8186.

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