Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Women of Wednesday--What We're Seeing

A few weeks ago, I watched the documentary Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women by Jill Kilbourne--it left me speechless. Rather than summarize it for you, here's the trailer:

So what do we do? We discuss. We refuse to purchase the products being sold. We support young women in making healthy choices. But, more importantly, we make sure all of our kids become media literate. What's media literacy? This is taken from the Center for Media Literacy's (CML) vision statement:
the ability to communicate competently in all media forms as well as to access, understand, analyze, evaluate and participate with powerful images, words and sounds that make up our contemporary mass media culture.
The CML site has an archive of its magazine, Media and Issues, and you can read articles online. I did a search under the term "images of women" and the top four results all dealt specifically with the portrayal of women as explored in Jill Kilbourne's film. Interesting reading.

PBS has information on Digital Media Literacy on its webpage. There's lots more information on media literacy online or at your local library.

Just as dripping water will wear away rock, a constant barrage of false media images can wear down a child's self-esteem. Please let's all make an effort to be more aware of what we're seeing.



Mur said...

"Just as dripping water will wear away rock, a constant barrage of false media images can wear down a child's self-esteem."

Well said, Diane. I'm sending this Youtube link to my teenage granddaughter and will ask her to share it with her friends.


Good idea, Mur! I'm bringing the video along to The Write Sisters' next meeting so that we can all watch it. It's worth the 45 minutes of meeting time.

I'm Jet . . . said...

Can't wait to see & discuss. Will be forwarding this post to my friends.

Thanks, D.


Barbara said...

Teaching kids to be media savvy is a great idea. And teaching them how advertising (which is really propaganda) works (creating need and desire) can do even more. Nobody hates being told how to live and breathe worse than a teen. If they only knew!