The following e-mail was sent to us from the MissRepresentation team a few days ago. If you haven’t seen the film yet, their goal is to explore how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Visit their website here to find a screening of the film near you.
For now we want to reflect on Sunday’s VMA’s happenings and invite you to discuss how we should be initiating conversations with our youth about this.
Please read along and forward!
On Sunday, MTV’s Video Music Awards were watched by over 10 million people in the United States. The ceremony began with two controversial musical numbers which, due to the speed of social media chatter, were consumed by millons more before the end of the night.Among those who watched the hypersexual performances were millions of teens and kids. Immediately afterwards, people began debating the gendered messages those young people had received.But how exactly should we be talking about the representation of gender in the media with our youth?The discussion around Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s performance, in particular, has included issues not just of sexual objectification, but race, cultural appropriation
and sexist double standards
. And the discussion is clearly touching a nerve - setting a new record for tweets per minute. It’s important for us then, as role models, to have these difficult conversations about media with young people, but to do so with incredible sensitivity and openness.
This week, talk to a young person in your life about the media they consume. And use our Conversation Starters - developed in partnership with Common Sense Media - as a guide.
Simply discussing the impact of gendered media with others is among the most significant acts we can take as individuals to shift consciousness around what is possible for our girls’ and boys’ futures.
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-Don’t Be Silenced!-