River Valley Charter School, Dads Group and Parents' Alliance Presents:
An Evening with Jean Kilbourne:
So Sexy, So Soon: How Media Images in Pop Culture Impact Boys & Girls...And What Parents Can Do About It
Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00pm
Old South Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport, MA
Free Admission, Open to the Public
About Jean Kilbourne's Presentation:
"Children today are getting a very powerful and very damaging kind of sex education from the popular culture. Even very young children are routinely exposed to portrayals of sexual behavior devoid of emotions, attachment, or consequences. Media messages about sex and sexuality often exploit women’s bodies and glamorize sexual violence.
• Girls are encouraged to objectify themselves and to obsess about their sex appeal and appearance at absurdly young ages
• Boys get the message that they should seek sex but avoid intimacy
These messages shape their gender identity, sexual attitudes and behavior, values, and their capacity for love, connection, and healthy relationships well into adult. Using many illustrations and examples of these sexual images and messages, this presentation examines the harmful consequences of the sexualization of children and teenagers and suggest some strategies for change."
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising and for launching a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent a range of public health problems. She is the author of the award-winning book, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and director of the prize-winning films, Killing Us Softly, Spin the Bottle, and Slim Hopes. Dr. Kilbourne has served as an advisor to the Surgeon General and has testified for the U.S. Congress. She holds an honorary position as Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on Today, Oprah,20/20, and hundreds of other media outlets.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
RVCS Foundation, Inc., Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Girls Inc. of the Seacoast Area, Blue The Inn On The Beach, Jabberwocky Bookshop, Rupert A. Nock PTO
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