Category Archives: Gender

Sports Media Literacy for Girls and Boys

As a teenager, I asked my dad (an avid sports fan and a huge supporter of my 20+ year sports career) why professional women’s sports are not as popular as men’s sports.  He responded by saying something like women’s sports … Continue reading

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Media Literacy Workshop for Boys – Contemporary Music

In a previous post on this blog, I questioned whether boys understood media messages in the same way as girls and wondered why fewer media literacy education programs exist for boys.  After delving further into the little bit of literature and … Continue reading

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Media Literacy Workshop for Middle School Girls

On Tuesday, November 16, a classmate from my Women and the Media class and I conducted a media literacy workshop for a group of 11 girls at the public middle school in Shippensburg, PA. We only had 75 minutes, so … Continue reading

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Effects of Video Games on Boys’ Body Image

Many studies have shown that female characters in video games are sexualized, with a bodily emphasis on erogenous zones such as breasts, hips and thighs, and that these representations (coupled with the sexualized images of women in other forms of … Continue reading

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Are Girls More Susceptible to Media Messages Than Boys?

As I passed the magazine rack at the Giant grocery store last week, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of bare-chested men with six-pack abs and hairless, bulging pecs on the covers of most of the men’s magazines.  … Continue reading

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Teaching middle school students how different people are affected by political ads

A lesson in media literacy that relates to politics involves teaching middle school students how different types of people are affected by media, specifically political television commercials. First, show a variety of political campaign ads and apply the following questions: Who … Continue reading

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Gender-Specific Youth Media Programs

Did you know that about 16,000 ads flicker past our consciousness daily?  Have you ever considered what these messages mean to you?  Or have you ever considered how these messages affect pre-teen and adolescent girls? Check out this great video … Continue reading

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