This blog post by Margot Magowan on ReelGirl shows that movie posters aimed at kids send a strong message to young girls about how they are valued in the media:
“In your world, boys are front and center. You are a sidekick or just not there at all.
When kids see, again and again and again, that girls are relegated to supporting roles, both genders learn that girls are less important than boys. This is a terrible lesson for a new generation of children to be learning.”
Here are a few of Magowan’s examples from 2011 kid’s films:
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary “Miss Representation” is peppered with statistics and anecdotes, many of them alarming: American teenagers spend nearly 11 hours a day in front of a television, computer or other media device. Seventy-eight percent of 17-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. Some state’s medical programs won’t cover domestic abuse if it’s considered to be a pre-existing condition. Nancy Pelosi tells the camera that when she first ran for public office, her youngest child was a senior in high school; yet, interviewers kept asking her who would take care of her children if she were elected.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg in a film that’s frustratingly wide-ranging; “Miss Representation” hops from body-image issues to the lack of women in higher office in the U.S. to TV violence to women directors to Katie Couric’s skirt lengths (discussed by Couric herself), all in a quick 90 minutes.
Edge 102.1 morning show host Dean Blundell is in hot water for making discriminatory and degrading comments about women during a May 2011 broadcast.
From the Toronto Star:
Jokes about women closing their mouths and doing chores, going to war and faking wounds while menstruating and engaging in lesbian activity, and using “trenches” and “foxholes” as euphemisms for female genitalia “was unduly discriminatory, negative, stereotypical and degrading,” the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled in a decision released Wednesday.
“It just crossed a line. It went from joking to being abusive,” John MacNab, CBSC executive director, said in an interview.