Press Release, Student Life

Ohio Wesleyan’s Sisters United to Perform ‘Butterfly Confessions’

February 20, 2017 – by Ohio Wesleyan University

Kat Blaque's voice reaches an audience of 4 million weekly through YouTube and other social media. She will lead an audience discussion following “Butterfly Confessions” at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center.

Feminist YouTuber Kat Blaque to Facilitate Community Discussion at Free Feb. 25 Event

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sisters United will present its fourth annual performance of Yetta Young’s play “Butterfly Confessions” at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Sisters United, an OWU student organization, seeks to raise awareness of issues related to multicultural women’s empowerment, fellowship, and community involvement. The group’s free performance of “Butterfly Confessions” will conclude with an audience discussion led by Kat Blaque, a well-known feminist YouTuber, writer, illustrator, and animator from California.

As a black transgender woman and survivor of rape and sexual assault, Blaque works to advance national conversations tied to issues of social justice. Blaque’s voice reaches an audience of 4 million weekly through YouTube and other social media, as well as contributions to outlets including Everyday Feminism, Pride.com, and The Huffington Post.

OWU student Courtney Carmichael, a junior from Nashville and member of Sisters United, describes “Butterfly Confessions” as a “work of art.”

“The stage play [is] a work of art that allows room for learning and growth on the part of the audience and has cathartic elements for the women who perform it,” said Carmichael, a politics and government major. The play “provides the balance necessary to educate and promote awareness about different issues as they pertain to black women and women of color.”

Young’s “Butterfly Confessions” also has been described as “a love letter to women of color” as it blends humor and heartbreak with empowerment and inspiration to educate viewers on issues including domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, overcoming adversity, and more. Created and conceived by Young, the play is a collective effort with 12 contributors and is intended for mature audiences. Learn more at http://butterflyconfessions.com.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.