Sex and spike heels sound like the signatures of an infamous HBO show starring Sarah Jessica Parker and her quartet of cosmo-slinging girlfriends, not a stage play at TCU.
But the theatre department is putting on a show in April that is a little bit edgier than most.
The show, "Spike Heels" by Theresa Rebeck, follows a former prostitute named Georgie, and details her contemporary, real-life encounters with sexual harassment, complicated relationships and power. It has the equivalent of an R rating for sexual content and language.
Tyler Clementi killed himself by jumping off the 213-foot tall George Washington Bridge. Clementi's heterosexual roommate at Rutgers University had been secretly broadcasting Clementi's homosexual encounters in their dorm room.
On Sept. 21, Clementi's roommate Dharun Ravi posted, "Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," according to an abcnews.com article. In this instance, gender-neutral housing may have spared Tyler Clementi's life.
The third time's the charm, or at least, it may be for Texas Senate Bill 16.
The Texas Senate finally approved the bill Thursday. The bill was passed by the senate in 2007 and 2009 but died in the House. The bill would require a doctor to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, and the doctor would have to describe the images and explain the progress of the fetus' organs and limbs. The ultrasound would not be required if the reason for the abortion was for incest, rape or fetal abnormalities.
The never-ending cycle of the age-old abortion debate was pushed into one more circle of argumentation last Thursday when the Texas Senate passed a bill requiring women undergoing an abortion to get an ultrasound.
The measure, if passed, will force women to submit to an ultrasound and then "...to listen to an explanation of the images, except in cases of rape or incest or if there are fetal abnormalities," according to a Reuters article last Thursday.