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CONTACT: COURTNEY REED JENKINS
Women's Resource and Action Center
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Immediate

Several discussion groups for women set to begin in October

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A variety of discussion groups for women will begin meeting in October under the sponsorship of the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa. All but one of the groups will meet at WRAC, located at the corner of Market and Madison streets, across from the Iowa Memorial Union.

All interested women are invited to join the discussion groups. For more information on a particular group, call WRAC at (319) 335-1486.

SINGLE MOMS

"Single Moms" will continue to be offered as a support group for single women with children. "The group is designed to discuss issues of parenting, living in Iowa City as a single moms, and growing as women," says Angie Ward, group facilitator.

Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Monday, beginning Oct. 13. Childcare is available.

WOMEN WITH EATING DISORDERS

"Being in Our Bodies: Food, Society and Us," is a new support group for women with eating disorders. "We will address the emotions associated with food and how they may affect eating patterns," says Erin Gee, group facilitator. "We'll also examine the pressures women face from society, family and other relationships."

Meetings will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning Oct. 14.

COMING OUT

"Coming Out" is an eight-week discussion group that will meet on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14. The group will explore the joys and concerns surrounding the process of coming out as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, says Courtney Reed Jenkins, Support Group Coordinator at WRAC. Anyone interested in participating should call WRAC at (319) 335-1486 for more information.

WOMEN IN TOUCH

"Women in Touch" is a six-week discussion group for lesbian and bisexual women to reflect on the impact of sexism and homophobia in their lives. Meetings will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 15.

Designed by Affirmations: Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center in Detroit, Mich., the discussion sessions will focus on early childhood experiences; body image; friendships, dating, and relationships; intimacy; sexuality; and the lesbian and bisexual women's community.

WOMEN IN TOUCH II

"Women in Touch II" is a six-week discussion group for lesbian and bisexual women that continues the discussions of "Women in Touch." Participants will explore how culture, politics and society affect the way lesbians and bisexual women deal with themselves and each other.

Like "Women in Touch," the curriculum for "Women in Touch II" was designed by Affirmations: A Gay and Lesbian Cultural Center in Detroit, Mich.

Meetings will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 13.

MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS

"Motherless Daughters" is a new support group designed to help women cope with the death of their mothers.

"There is no time limit on the feelings of loss following a mother's death," says Cynthia Kay, group facilitator. "The group will be a space to explore how our lives may have been changed - how we now choose our jobs, friends, lovers and how we express our spirituality - by understanding our connection to the woman who gave us life."

Meetings, which will be at Old Brick, 20 East Market Street, will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Monday beginning Oct. 13. Participants may park in the lot west of the building.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FOR WOMEN

Wondering about aromatherapy? Chiropractic care? Massage therapy? Yoga? These alternatives to Western medicine will be explored in a new discussion group, "Alternative Medicine: A Woman's Perspective."

Melissa Doro, group facilitator, plans to bring in local practitioners of alternative healing methods, and then to let women discuss the practices with them. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 15.

YOUNG FEMINISTS

A new discussion group for young feminists will explore what it means to be a feminist in the 1990s. Discussions will be based on Rebecca Walker's book of essays, To Be Real, and will focus on the status of young women in society, the choices women have to make, and ways to challenge sexism.

"We will take ideas formed by women all around the country and apply them to our situation here in Iowa," says group facilitator Katie Geha. "I see this as a place to become excited as a feminist - to become strong in the vision we young feminists need to continue the work begun in the 1960s."

Meetings will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 14. Excerpts from the book will be provided, so group members do not need to buy the book.

10/6/97