USF St. Pete's He Said, She Said forum encourages male-female dialogue

Ladies, to find out what men think, you could read a book like Steve Harvey's Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man or Greg Behrendt's He's Just Not that Into You. Or you could just ask one.

On Monday, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will host He Said, She Said, a forum that gives young women a chance to interview not just one man, but a dozen on topics including relationships, female alcoholism and drug abuse, sexism in the workplace and more. The event will open with statistics, then the audience will get to dialogue with male panelists ranging in age from 18 to 42.

The college's Black Student Association and Latin American Student Association are organizing the discussion.

"This is our first time having a panel of men around campus to answer questions," said sophomore Astrid Camy, 20, the event's co-chair and vice president of the BSA.

She said the idea for the discussion came from conversations in the school's multicultural office and in dorm rooms across campus.

"A lot of women feel defeated. They're confused and they're not sure what's going on in males' heads," said Camy, a criminology major. "If they had a better understanding of this, it would just be easier for them to cope."

For panelist Christian Haas, 21, the discussion is a chance to address issues people normally discuss only with close friends.

"This is just taking the uncomfortableness out of it and saying, 'Ask away,' " said Haas, a junior political science major. He added that the males will also benefit from the conversation. "We talk to our guy friends in a much more candid manner than we talk to any of our female friends," Haas said. "We're going to learn just as much from them as they do from us."

He Said, She Said

The discussion is Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the USF St. Pete Campus Activities Center, room 133. Free and open to the public. Call (727) 873-4845.

USF St. Pete's He Said, She Said forum encourages male-female dialogue 03/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:34pm]

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