Watching Women Die: Mediated Gender and Violence

 

Cinema, since its advent, has always been a pioneering force finding the edges of social boundaries.  But when a medium as powerful as film is constantly pushing the envelope, what does that mean for us as a society?

 

The degree to which hyper-violence and hyper-sexuality are depicted on screen today is unimaginable to the generations that came before us, as films that were rated X in the 50’s have become PG today.  This workshop, designed for older students, aims to look at different cross-sections of violence and gender in the media and the frequent intersection of the two, and pose difficult questions about what its consumption means to us as individuals, communities, and as a culture.  It challenges the students regarding notions of censorship, and asks in a society built upon free speech, how far is too far?

 

Learning Objectives:
1.    Develop a further understanding of the impact of media and its unavoidable influence
2.    Reflect and respond critically to issues of gender and violence depicted in the media
3.    Develop a new perspective on the viewer’s active role in consuming media that celebrates gender stereotyping and violence

[Media Literacy Workshop designed by Liz Schulze + Mitchell Stookey]