For generations, Jean Kilbourne’s documentary film Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women has been transforming consciousness by revealing how the advertising industry promotes impossible beauty norms to make women insecure so they will buy products. To mark the 40th anniversary of the film, feminists across the generations gathered at Smith College to celebrate Kilbourne’s legacy.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering film, “Killing Us Softly,” which examined how images of women in ads influenced how society views women. At a recent event at Smith College, she explored the impact of her work, and the fights that remain in ending media sexism.
Macfarlane’s latest documentary, “Untouchable,” rewinds the clock on the #MeToo movement’s viral explosion—exposing the institutions and individuals who enabled Harvey Weinstein’s career of sexual misconduct, and mapping its impact on women’s lives.
When media outlets treat women politicians as women first, and politicians second, they are feeding into an already sexist culture where many voters believe that men make better politicians than women.
“Playboy, we don’t believe that you deserve the best parts of any of us. We don’t believe that you deserve our Black girl experiences and our dances as fodder for consumption by a readership which often has little to no regard for Black girls and are often the buyers of Black girls.”
Any ad “which implies an idealized, gender-stereotypical physical appearance” or shows “a man or a woman failing to achieve a task specifically because of their gender” will now be banned in the UK.
Whether in a paycheck, on television, in print media or on social media, we need to do better to recognize the value and power of women in sport.
What will it take for news organizations to realize women’s voices matter? It’s the question resounding in the wake of new research from the Women’s Media Center which found that, across all platforms, men receive 63 percent of bylines and credits, and women receive only 37 percent.
Despite a year of reckoning and rabble-rousing in Hollywood, the Academy Award nominees this year are disappointingly familiar.
When he made history in 2018 with his Academy Award win for Get Out, Jordan Peele described the work of his peers at this moment in our culture as a renaissance. But my mission is to create a world where sharing the diversity of our experiences is less of a moment and more of a permanent expectation of inclusion—so the work isn’t done.