Purpose: To investigate messages in the media and other environmental sources about the role of women and definitions of femininity in our society.
Format: You must complete Parts 1, 2 and 3. For Part 2 select either Option A or B to complete. All responses should be TYPED, DOUBLE SPACED, 12 point font, in Times New Roman or Courier formats. If any quotations or sources are used, you must cite those sources using proper APA format. A web site to assist you with proper APA formatting may be found at : http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Keith, T. (Producer, Director, & Writer). (2008). Generation M Mysogyny in Media and Culture [Documentary]. (Available from Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St. Northampton, MA 01060)
Kilbourne, J. (Producer), & Jhalley, S. (Director). (2010). Killing Us Softly 4 Advertising’s Image of Women [Documentary]. (Available from Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic St. Northampton, MA 01060)
Answer the follow questions:
PART TWO: Select option A OR B
Visit a card store and go to the section congratulating parents on the birth of their child. Examine at least three cards congratulating parents on the birth of a girl and three on the birth of a boy. Record your findings in the following grid. Summarize what you found and what it means for gender role socialization. (This means you have to WRITE about what you observed.)
|Type of Toys|
Scientific images (robots,
Shapes and figures
|Words and attributes|
Labels (prince, princess)
Instructions: Visit a video game store and conduct an observation of the environment for about half an hour. Please be as unobtrusive as possible! Record your findings below:
did you observe ?
What games would you classify as for boys (doesn’t mean girls cannot play them)? And why? How were females portrayed in boys’ games? What games would you classify for girls? And why? How were females portrayed in girls’ games?
PART THREE: ANALYSIS/CONCLUSION
our culture? What role can boys and men play?