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Media, Gender and Identity

Media, Gender and Identity


Social and developmental psychologist and author Lynn Phillips explores the line between consent and coercion in this thought-provoking look at popular culture and the ways real girls and women navigate their heterosexual relationships and hookups. Featuring dramatizations of interviews that Phillips conducted with hundreds of young women, the film examines how the wider culture's frequently contradictory messages about pleasure, danger, agency, and victimization enter into women's most intimate relationships with men. The result is a refreshingly candid, and nuanced, look at how young women are forced to grapple with deeply ambivalent cultural attitudes about female sexuality. Essential for courses that look at popular culture, gender norms, sexuality, and sexual violence.

  • "Avoiding simplistic dichotomies, Phillips eloquently negotiates the tricky terrain between female pleasure and male accountability." - Rhoda Unger, Montclair State University

  • "A fascinating study of the ways young women grapple with the surprising paradoxes and contradictions expressed in young women's fears, fantasies, beliefs, and desires." - Sara Ruddick, Author of Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace

  • "Phillips has... a keen sense of the uncertainties and competing forces that shape heterosexual relationships for contemporary young women." - Psychology of Women Quarterly

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2012 / Approx 55 minutes

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    By Thomas Keith

    The Bro Code, filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms that are saturated with sexism -- movies and music videos that glamorize misogyny; pornography that trades in the brutalization of women; comedy routines that make fun of sexual assault; and a slate of men's magazines and cable TV shows whose sole purpose is to revel in reactionary myths of American manhood. The message he uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. By showing how there's nothing natural or inevitable about this mentality, and by setting it against the terrible reality of men's violence against women in the real world, The Bro Code challenges young people to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means disrespecting women.

    Featuring interviews with Michael Kimmel, Robert Jensen, Shira Tarrant, J.W. Wiley, Douglas Rushkoff, Eric Anderson, and Neal King.

  • "An excellent tool for classroom discussion about male socialization and the damaging impact of media and pornography on men and the women around them." - Paul Kivel, Author, Men's Work, Boys Will Be Men, and the Young Men's Work curriculum

  • "Filmmaker Tom Keith's powerful indictment of contemporary culture carries within it an undercurrent of optimism. Despite its horrific portrait of men behaving badly -- and dangerously -- the days of "Jersey Shore" manhood are numbered. When The Bro Code is screened on campuses, more male filmgoers than you might imagine will crack the code, reclaiming both healthy masculinity and their full humanity." - Rob Okun | Editor, Voice Male Magazine

  • "Tom Keith's The Bro Code is a vital look at what makes us men tick and how we can find our way through the maze of modern masculinity to an identity which is balanced, healthy, and fulfilling." - Thomas Matlock | Founder, The Good Men Project

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2011 / 58 minutes

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    By Margitte Kristjansson

    What happens when women decide to love their bodies, no matter what size? This documentary short by fat acceptance activist Margitte Kristjansson features two of her fellow fat acceptance activists, Keena and Jessica, who share their experiences of being judged by society for their decision to not bow to how women are expected to look - including being harassed and discriminated against because of their size. Undeterred, they talk about how the fat acceptance movement has allowed them to become empowered through fashion, explore the intersection of race and fatness, and how they found community support through social media and blogs.

  • "Keena and Jessica share their experiences of people judging their mere existence just because they're fat, becoming empowered through fashion, the intersection of race and fatness, and finding community." - Bitch Magazine

  • "The Fat Body (In)Visible is a compelling look at the world of fat acceptance and what it's like to be a fat woman in America today." - Author Harriet Brown, Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle With Anorexia

  • "Long overdue!" - Bill Fabrey, Founder of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

    DVD (Color) / 2011 / 24 minutes

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    By Deborah Gee and Elaine H. Kim

    SLAYING THE DRAGON is a comprehensive look at media stereotypes of Asian and Asian American women since the silent era. From the racist use of white actors to portray Asians in early Hollywood films, through the success of Anna May Wong's sinister dragon lady, to Suzie Wong and the '50s geisha girls, to the Asian-American anchorwoman of today, this fascinating videotape shows how stereotypes of exoticism and docility have affected the perception of Asian-American women. Produced by Asian Women United, this invaluable resource has been widely used by universities and libraries.

    SLAYING THE DRAGON: RELOADED is a 30-minute sequel to SLAYING THE DRAGON. RELOADED looks at the past 25 years of representation of Asian and Asian American women in U.S. visual media - from blockbuster films and network television to Asian American cinema and YouTube - to explore what's changed, what's been recycled, and what we can hope for in the future.

  • "Slaying the Dragon shows how racism and the shifting winds of history have inhibited realistic portrayals of Asian women." - John Carman, San Francisco Chronicle

  • "Intelligent, moving." - New Directions for Women

  • "This compelling film is an invaluable resource for the classroom and beyond." - Jodi Kim, Professor Ethnic Studies, University of California at Riverside

  • Asian Pacific Arts Association, Jimmie Award
  • American Film and Video Festival, Finalist

    DVD (Color) / 2011 / 88 minutes

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    Directed & Edited by Sut Jhally

    The line between sexual consent and sexual coercion is not always as clear as it seems -- and according to Harry Brod, this is exactly why we should approach our sexual interactions with great care. Brod, a professor of philosophy and leader in the pro-feminist men's movement, offers a unique take on the problem of sexual assault, one that complicates the issue even as it clarifies the bottom-line principle that consent must always be explicitly granted, never simply assumed. In a nonthreatening, non-hectoring discussion that ranges from the meanings of "yes" and "no" to the indeterminacy of silence to the way alcohol affects our ethical responsibilities, Brod challenges young people to envision a model of sexual interaction that is most erotic precisely when it is most thoughtful and empathetic. Ideal for classes in gender studies, communication, and sociology, and especially useful for extracurricular programs and workshops.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2010 / 38 minutes

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    Directed By: Sut Jhally

    In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes -- images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence.

  • "Jean Kilbourne's work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture -- advertising. We owe her a great debt." - Susan Faludi, Author, Backlash and Stiffed

  • "As timely and important as ever... A must for everyone who cares about media literacy and gender equity." - Susan Douglas, Author, Where the Girls Are: Growing Up With the Mass Media

  • "Jean Kilbourne's work is profoundly important. She's one of those people who makes a difference in how we see the world." - Arlie Hochschild, Director of the Center for Working Families | University of California, Berkeley

  • Academy for Eating Disorders, Special Recognition Award, 2002
  • Action Coalition for Media Education Media Activist National Award, 2006
  • Womanspace, Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award, 2008
  • Myra Sadker Equity Award, 2005
  • Germaine Lawrence, Inc., Woman of Excellence Award, 2005

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2010 / 45 minutes

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    Directed by Sut Jhally

    The Codes of Gender applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking analysis of advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape, showing how one of American popular culture's most influential forms communicates normative ideas about masculinity and femininity.

    In striking visual detail, The Codes of Gender explores Goffman's central claim that gender ideals are the result of ritualized cultural performance, uncovering a remarkable pattern of masculine and feminine displays and poses. It looks beyond advertising as a medium that simply sells products, and beyond analyses of gender that focus on biological difference or issues of objectification and beauty, to provide a clear-eyed view of the two-tiered terrain of identity and power relations.

    With its sustained focus on how our perceptions of what it means to be a man or a woman get reproduced and reinforced on the level of culture in our everyday lives, The Codes of Gender is certain to inspire discussion and debate across a range of disciplines.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2009 / 73 minutes

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    Directed by Diana Fabianova

    When filmmaker Diana Fabianova reached puberty, she found herself irremediably trapped in menstrual etiquette. She carefully hid the evidence from her father and brother first, and later on, from most of the other men in her life. And no matter how bad she felt, she pretended she was fine. The taboo far exceeded the scope of her family: it was all around her. Periods were a "girl thing." Periods were shameful. Periods were inappropriate for public discussion. End of the story? Not quite. Something in her was reluctant to accept and suffer in silence. Why did the sign of what all societies consider a blessing -- women's ability to give birth -- happen to be described with names and expressions like "the curse" (in England), the "English war debarquement" (in France), and "to be on the rags" (in the U.S.)?

    With humor and refreshing candor, Fabianova's Red Moon provides a fascinating, often ironic, take on the absurd and frequently dangerous cultural stigmas and superstitions surrounding women's menstruation. As educational as it is liberating, the film functions as both a myth-busting overview of the realities of menstruation, and a piercing cultural analysis of the ways in which struggles over meaning and power have played out through history on the terrain of women's bodies. Ideal for use in women's studies and health courses, as well as classes in anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2009 / 53 minutes

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    By Lynn Glazier

    An inside look at the culture of sexual harassment and bullying widespread among many teens today, this unique and compelling program examines the price that adolescents, especially girls, pay to be cool, hip and popular in our brave new wired world. Questioning and confronting their own and each other's stereotypes and assumptions, three different groups of culturally diverse teenagers share personal stories of navigating their hyper-sexualized, high-tech environment, where the online posting of racy photos, raunchy videos, and explicit gossip and lies, is as commonplace as bombardment by provocative media messages that degrade and objectify women.

    In its unflinching expose, the film takes us on a journey that includes candid personal interviews and diary excerpts, images from computer screens and youth nightclubs, and clips from short fictional films that the three group's members have made about sexual and social pressures on their lives. Told through the authentic voices of teens, this essential tool for promoting awareness and change is must-see viewing for school and youth groups, media studies and women's studies educators, educators, counselors, parents, and health care professionals.

  • "Gives a human face to the alarming statistics that researchers are accumulating on the high incidence of sexual harassment, cyberbullying, and sexual pressures that are a fact of life for many teenagers." - Dr. Jennifer Connolly, Professor of Psychology, York University

  • "A powerful film told through the voices of teens who sound the alarm on the influence of the Internet, media and pop culture in their hyper-sexualized social world." - Bullying.org

  • "A brutally honest look at the world of the modern teenager, in which boys have come to believe that sexual harassment is just harmless fun, and girls have been sold a sexual image of themselves that is one step away from serfdom." - Tribune Media

    DVD (Color) / 2009 / 45 minutes

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    By Diane Israel, Carla Precht & Kathleen Man

    How do our families influence our relationship with our own bodies? How do American pop culture's standards of beauty get inside our hearts and heads? In what ways can sport and the drive for fitness actually make us sick rather than healthy?

    In this courageous, deeply personal new film, Diane Israel examines American culture's toxic emphasis on thinness, beauty, and physical perfection. Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her own struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she tries to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness.

    The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, body builders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors such as Eve Ensler, Paul Campos, and Naomi Wolf. In a special bonus feature, Israel talks in detail about where she is in her recovery 2 years after the filming of Beauty Mark.

  • "Beauty Mark is a real gem. It is a unique, personal, insightful and powerful film. You have created a film which can touch both the mind and the heart." - Bill Baker, Former Chief Executive Officer, Thirteen/WNET New York

  • "... A great way to start out National Eating Disorders Awareness Week." - Erin Hurley, Men's and Women's Swim Coach at Grinnell College

  • "I was so intensely moved by watching Beauty Mark -- I had no words. It hit home with me on many different levels -- as a guidance counselor, daughter, mother, human... It gave me so much to think about and to use every day. I really thank you for sharing it." - Amy D., Guidance Counselor at Arlington High School

  • Audience Choice Award, 2008 Estes Park Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award, 2008 Moondance International Film Festival

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2008 / 50 minutes

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    By Thomas Keith

    Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this important documentary, Thomas Keith, professor of philosophy at California State University-Long Beach, looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture.

    The film tracks the destructive dynamics of misogyny across a broad and disturbing range of media phenomena: including the hyper-sexualization of commercial products aimed at girls, the explosion of violence in video games aimed at boys, the near-hysterical sexist rants of hip-hop artists and talk radio shock jocks, and the harsh, patronizing caricatures of femininity and feminism that reverberate throughout the mainstream of American popular culture.

    Along the way, Generation M forces us to confront the dangerous real-life consequences of misogyny in all its forms - making a compelling case that when we devalue more than half the population based on gender, we harm boys and men as well as women and girls.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2008 / 54 minutes

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    By Sut Jhally

    We've heard again and again that men and women are engaged in a "battle of the sexes," that we're so differently wired and so foreign to each other that we might as well come from different planets. In this powerful new lecture, renowned speaker and bestselling author Michael Kimmel (The Gendered Society, Manhood in America) turns this conventional wisdom on its head. With clarity and humor, Kimmel moves beyond the popular inter-planetary notion that "men are from Mars and women are from Venus" to advance a decidedly more earth-bound and inter-connected view of the things men and women have in common. This is an accessible and entertaining introduction to gender politics and gender theory - as intellectually informative as it is inspiring, and suited for use across a range of disciplines and courses.

  • "I've never seen such a large audience of students turn out for a speaker - and be so completely involved during the entire presentation." - College of New Jersey

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2008 / 54 minutes

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    By Chyng Sun & Miguel Picker

    Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has emerged as one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries, assuming an unprecedented role in the mainstream of our popular culture at the same time that its content has become more extreme and harsh, more overtly sexist and racist. This eye-opening and disturbing film tackles the complexity behind this seeming paradox, placing the voices of critics, producers, and performers alongside the observations of men and women as they candidly discuss the role pornography has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships. Honest and non-judgmental, The Price of Pleasure moves beyond the liberal versus conservative debates so common in the culture to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in the most intimate area of our lives. An ideal tool for initiating classroom discussion about this notoriously difficult subject.

  • "When we discuss pornography in my classes, we always begin with what seem to the wrong conversations -- the actress's choices; no harm, no foul; being pro-porn is just being pro-sex; men don't have to be rapists to like it -- always defensive and dishonest. I've been waiting for a film that was neither sanctimoniously scolding nor callously celebratory. And finally, there is The Price of Pleasure -- a film to help us really "see" what we have been looking at, and to enable us, finally, to talk about how pornography informs our actual lives. It's powerful, and I will use it immediately in my classes." - Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook

  • "Deeply disturbing but profoundly important." - Jean Kilbourne, Creator, Killing Us Softly 3, Author, So Sexy So Soon

  • "An intense, powerful documentary that will open up painful but necessary discussions about pornography's role in shaping our identities, our relationships, and our culture." - Rebecca Whisnant, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Dayton

  • "With original research, footage of popular pornographic films, insights from academic experts, interviews with sex workers and even pornographers, The Price of Pleasure educates viewers about the prevalence and increasingly violent content of contemporary pornography. Advocates of sexual freedom, as well as activists committed to ending sexual exploitation against women, find common cause in Chyng Sun's compelling argument: contemporary pornographic films illustrate conventional, not deviant, attitudes about women's sexuality. Viewer alert: gazing through the pornographic worldview will turn your stomach. Eat lightly before you watch this!" - Bernadette Barton, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, Morehead State University, Author of Stripped: Inside the Lives of Exotic Dancers

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2008 / 55 minutes

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    Dreamworlds 3, the highly anticipated update of Dreamworlds 2 (1995), examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and by extension boys and men, providing a meticulous analysis of how these narratives reflect and shape individual and cultural attitudes toward femininity, masculinity, sexuality, and race. Systematically dismantling music video's most persistent and disturbing stock representations, and setting them against cases of real-world violence, sexism and discrimination, the film inspires viewers to critically examine how the distorted images of the "Dreamworld" connect with the lives of real girls and women, and real boys and men.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2007 / 60 minutes

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    Today's media is often criticised for projecting an unrealistic notion of beauty and that the example set by magazines and television can hinder the development of a positive self esteem in many young people. In this program we examine how we develop our own identity, what influences the development of our identity and the key factors in the development of positive and negative self esteem. A fantastic program that empowers and educates students in the face of a powerful and influential cultural force.

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    DVD / 2007 / (Junior Secondary - Middle Secondary) / 27 minutes

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    By Sophie Bissonette

    Are children being pushed prematurely into adulthood? SEXY INC. analyzes a worrying phenomenon: hypersexualization of our environment and its noxious effects on young people. In this illuminating inquiry by Quebec filmmaker Sophie Bissonnette, whose documentaries have won awards for three decades, psychologists, teachers and school nurses speak out and criticize a culture proving toxic to both girls and boys.

    With a wealth of examples from music video, ads, fashion, and TV shows, the film gets to the nub of the problem, revealing how media and marketing target ever-younger audiences. Bissonnette's eye-opening presentation explores the daily barrage exposing children at earlier and earlier ages to sexualized and sexist images that objectify girls while promoting stereotypes obsessed with shopping and "looking hot." To push back, SEXY INC. offers adults helpful strategies for arming young people with critical skills and a sense of their own accomplishments and value. Girls in a peer group demonstrate insightful actions as they analyze online visuals and pop music icons.

  • "Highly Recommended...Sexy Inc. uncovers the surreptitious power the media and advertisers wield over society's most vulnerable consumers - children. ...a must-see for teachers, parents, and others who work with adolescents. It is also an excellent resource for psychology and sociology courses." - Educational Media Reviews Online

    "An illuminating look at the insidious relationship between overtly sexual advertising, girls' self-esteem, lack of sexual education, abuse and assault." - Brittany Shoot, Change.org

  • "A vital context and tool ... Especially relevant for undergraduate classes on gender, media and power. It will provide an excellent context for debating the highly divisive positions over representation, pornography and sex positive feminism." - Jonathan Zilberg, Leonardo Online

  • UNICEF Award, International Educational Program Contest Japan Prize, Tokyo, Japan

    DVD (Color) / 2007 / 36 minutes

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    Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms, reality shows, police dramas, and daytime talk shows. This documentary breaks important new ground in exploring the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality intersect with class, offering a complex reading of television's often one-dimensional representations. Featuring interviews with Stanley Aronowitz, Barbara Ehrenreich, Herman Gray, Robin Kelley, Pepi Leistyna, Michael Zweig, Arlene Davila, Susan Douglas, Bambi Haggins, Lisa Henderson, Andrea Press, and others.

  • "Fast paced, hard hitting, and timely, Class Dismissed employs sophisticated theory to critically analyze the way media shapes how people understand and misunderstand class in American society." - LEE D. BAKER, Editor, Life in America: Identity and Everyday Experience

  • "Essential viewing for students and researchers who are interested in the political economy of media, media and social change, media portrayals of social groups and issues, and media influence." - MARY BETH OLIVER, Professor of Communication, Penn State University

  • "Revelatory. Brings to light the political and economic forces that imperil workers, but rarely appear in sitcoms: the loss of millions of industrial jobs, depressed wages, and declining union membership, all at a time of drastic cutbacks in governmental expenditures on health, welfare and education." - STEPHEN STEINBERG, Author, Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy

    DVD (With English & Spanish Subtitles) / 2006 / 62 minutes

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    A riveting examination of masculinity, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Delivering a self-described "loving critique" of rap music, director Byron Hurt - a former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and now gender violence prevention educator- pays tribute to the power and creativity of hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood.The documentary features revealing insights from rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and Kevin Powell. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race and racism, gender violence, and the corporate exploitationof youth culture.

  • "Captivating" - Boston Globe

  • "Hard-hitting" - Reuters

  • "A fascinating subject rarely explored in the depth this short documentary submerges in."

    -- Michael Ferraro, Film Threat

  • "Byron Hurt's ground-breaking documentary is the talk of the Hip-Hop circuit and those in the know." - National Black Programming Consortium

  • "Provocative and edgy" - South Bend Tribune

  • "Incisive, informative and entertaining. . .Though the film bears a viewer discretion warning, it is exactly the kind of program that should be watched by teens who embrace hip-hop music without thinking of the stereotypes it perpetuates and the thug lifestyle it endorses." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • "A profound analysis and self-criticism by a member of the Hip-Hop Generation." - Esther Iverem, SeeingBlack.com

  • "Filmmaker Byron Hurt takes the hip-hop industry--and audience--to task in his new documentary." - TimeOut Chicago

  • "A groundbreaking montage that questions masculinity, homophobia and misogyny in the hip-hop industry for those who live and breathe the culture." - Philadelphia Weekly

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2006 / 60 minutes

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    "Women and Media" is a fast moving program with visuals of past and present media and interviews with Dr. Maurine Beasley, Sheila Gibbons and Junior Bridge, all foundational scholars in the field of women and media. The program focuses on four areas: the reclaimed history of women who created media, the media portrayal of women, women's inclusion in the media workforce and how men perceive media differently than women which affects what we read, see and hear from the media. "Women and Media" is a perfect introduction to Women, Minorities and Media Courses or a section on media in a Women's studies course.

  • "A first rate examination of the history of women in the Media, from print to television to motion pictures and their impact on American culture. It's about time someone put this formidable curriculum on DVD!" - Lynda Obst

  • Winner: Gracie Award, 2006
  • Davey Award, 2006

    DVD / 2006 / 45 minutes

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    In this moving follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Hoop Dreams, award-winning filmmaker Frederick Marx continues his exploration of the lives of ordinary young men and the extraordinary challenges they face. Boys to Men? - the second in a proposed trilogy about masculinity in America- trains its focus on the pressures and expectations faced by a diverse group of young urban males. The DVD consists of four films. Are You Listening? Features several teenage boys from different ethnic, racial, and class backgrounds offering fascinating insights into their own experiences and the meaning of manhood in America. Three additional pieces - Spencer, Cisco, and Al-Tran - give insight into the lives of three 15-year-old boys as they navigate the daily challenges of school, family, and American society.

  • "Are You Listening?" (52 min); "Al-Tran" (31 min); "Cisco" (30 min); "Spencer" (30 min). Directed and produced by Frederick Marx. A Warrior Educational Films Production.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2004 / 143 minutes

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    By Susan Macmillan

    This compelling new documentary focuses on the sexual dilemmas and difficult life choices young girls face as they come of age in contemporary American culture. Challenging long-held myths about girlhood, the film draws on the insights of girls themselves to explore and shed light on their actual lived experience as they navigate our increasingly hyper-sexualized society. The voices of a diverse range of girls are supplemented with accessible analysis from leading experts on girls and sexuality, including Lynn Phillips, author of Flirting with Danger; Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Director of the Body Project; and Deborah Tolman, author of Dilemmas of Desire

  • "Girls, Moving Beyond Myth features a wide range of articulate and engaging experts discussing core developmental issues that girls must face in a post-modern, media-saturated world. A diverse group of girls speak with honest voices about their true thoughts and often anguished feeling. This video is educational in the finest sense of the word. It elucidates and motivates." - Mary Pipher, Pyschologist, Author, Reviving Ophelia

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2004 / 28 minutes

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    Director: Bruce Petty

    Academy Award winning animator Bruce Petty takes a satirical look at the "contraptions" that shape our lives. Education, sex, finance, globalism, art, media, medicine, law, government and even the brain are transformed by Petty into evolving machines. Beginning with a simple concept, he takes us on an anarchic journey through history as each apparatus builds to its complex contemporary form. In the wry, ironic style that is his hallmark, Petty reveals these to be contraptions of a very human kind - imperfect, sometimes unpredictable and always subject to change. A witty, provocative and entertaining series, narrated by Andrew Denton.

  • 9/12/2003 Australian Effects & Animation Festival - Finalist - Education & Training Category
  • 26/11/2003 Australian Comedy Awards - Finalist - Award for Outstanding Film Comedy
  • 3/11/2003 APRA -AGSC Screen Music Awards - Winner - Best Music for a Short Film (Alan John)
  • 5/9/2003 MVA - Malaysian Video Awards
  • 23/7/2003 Melbourne International Film Festival - Screened - Animation Gallery
  • 24/5/2003 ATOM Awards - Finalist - Best General Animation
  • 9/4/2003 Cartoons on the Bay - Videotheque

    DVD / 2003 / (Secondary, Tertiary, Lifelong Learning School Teachers) / 50 minutes

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    Playing Unfair provides an in-depth critique of the sexism and homophobia that pervade media representations of female athletes. Sports media scholars Mary Jo Kane, Pat Griffin, and Michael Messner examine the disparity between the success of female athletes and sports journalism's often trivialized and (hetero)sexualized coverage of them.

    DVD (With English, Spanish Subtitles) / 2002 / 30 minutes

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    While this critically-acclaimed film considers the persistent appeal of professional wrestling, its larger concern is how American popular culture idealizes pathological forms of masculinity that encourage sexism, homophobia, gender violence, and bullying. The film looks beyond the spectacle of professional wrestling to reveal its real-world implications and explode the myth that "it's only entertainment."

    DVD (With English, Spanish Subtitles) / 2002 / 60 minutes

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    Written by Chyng Sun.
    Directed and edited by Miguel Picker

    "Viewing Disney without rose-colored glasses," as the Boston Globe put it, Mickey Mouse Monopoly takes a close and critical look at the world of Disney's animated films, and the stories they tell about race, gender, and class. The program reaches disturbing conclusions about the values being propagated under the veneer of childhood innocence and fun. Featuring interviews with media experts, cultural critics, child psychologists, kindergarten teachers, multicultural educators, college students, and children, this defiant program examines Disney's corporate power and explores its pervasive influence on global culture.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2001 / 52 minutes

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    By Elizabeth Massie

    In girls' own voices, What a Girl Wants presents a glimpse into the powerful - and often destructive - influence commercial culture has on the formation of young girls' identities. A diverse group of eleven girls speaks honestly and openly about the sexual and body-image pressures they encounter as they come of age in a culture that idolizes Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and other pop stars.

  • "Highly recommended [for] gender studies, communication and media studies, sociology and social work classes." DAVID NYLUND, CSU - Sacramento

    DVD / 2001 / 33 minutes

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    Featuring: Jean Kilbourne

    Jean Kilbourne continues her groundbreaking analysis of advertising's depiction of women in this most recent update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series. In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing gender stereotypes. Her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.

  • "As timely and important as ever... A must for everyone who cares about media literacy and gender equity." - SUSAN DOUGLAS, author, Where the Girls Are: Growing Up With the Mass Media

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2000 / 34 minutes

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    One of the biggest factors infl uencing our youth is the media. This program explores:
  • how stereotypes of youth and beauty are promoted,and how they influence our self esteem
  • the three myths the'thin', the 'youth'and the 'relationship' myth

    The importance of personal identity and self acceptance,becoming independent and accepting yourself,and factors infl uencing self acceptance are stressed in The program, as are values and consistency between values and behaviour.

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    DVD / 1999 / (Middle Secondary - Senior Secondary) / 16 minutes

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    By Dan Habib

    This program explores the forces influencing young people's decisions about sex: media, friends, family, religion, love, AIDS, alcohol, and homophobia. Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion is a unique, accessible tool for facilitating an informed, balanced discussion about these and other influences on young people. In the age of AIDS, such talk can save lives. When young people tell their own stories, their peers listen. In this program, award-winning documentarian and photojournalist Dan Habib features the stories of eight young people, ages 16-24. Two of the eight talk about living with AIDS.

    Interlaced with the first-person stories are experts' observations about the messages young people get from popular culture. Susan Bordo, author of Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body, joins five other prominent social scientists in discussing cultural influences on sexual activity among young people.

  • "The best video I've seen in... reviewing educational material." - Helen Morris, HIV and AIDS Education, National School Boards Association

    DVD / 1998 / 40 minutes

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    Commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art for an exhibition on Hip Hop, this documentary looks critically at Hip Hop culture while celebrating Hip Hop as a unifying force among youth of different backgrounds and communities. YO-TV producers uncover a range of opinions on topics such as racism, sexism, homophobia and the commercialization of Hip Hop.

  • Cindy Competition, Silver Award
  • H2O Hip Hop Odyssey International Film Festival, Honorable Mention

    DVD / 28 minutes

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