Women in the media
By Rosie Molinary
Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011
COURTESY ROSIE MOLINARY
Rosie Molinary is the author of Beautiful You, published in October 2010 by Seal Press, and a regular contributor to Lake Norman Magazine. Find her at www.rosiemolinary.com.
So, I am teaching a totally new to me class this fall- Women in the Media- and designing it from scratch. Heres my vision for it:Women in the Media explores the representation of women across television, film, magazines and newspapers, advertising, music, and the internet, looking at how media creates and challenges stereotypes, and creates ideas of difference. We will consider issues of authorship, spectatorship, and the ways in which various media content enables, facilities, and challenges social constructions and examine how gender affects the production of media. Specifically, we will -Interpret, critique, and analyze the representations of women in media
-Reflect upon the work of women within these industries
-Explore how media shapes our attitudes and identities
-Analyze the treatment of womens issues in media
Develop our ability as thinkers, creators, and interpreters of meaning
-Investigate the role of activism in challenging media and our possible roles within that activism
-Enhance our critical thinking skills and our writing skills through comprehensive discussions and intensive writing assignmentsIve spent the summer dreaming all of this up and choosing the reading materials and since people are often interested in what were reading in class, I thought Id share the final selections here (dont worry, my students dont have to buy this number of books. Were reading excerpts from most of them that will be on reserve in the library for them). The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi WolfThe World Has Curves: The Global Quest for the Perfect Body by Julia SavacoolPerfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body by Courtney E. MartinReality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner30-Second Seduction: How Advertisers Lure Women Through Flattery, Flirtation, and Manipulation by Andrea GardnerCant Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel by Jean KilbourneManifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy RichardsWhere the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media by Susan J. DouglasBossypants by Tina FeyHave any book suggestions for future body image classes, for the Women and the Media class I am now putting together, or for blog readers? Hope youll leave them here!
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