Don’t miss this event, co-sponsored by Whitworth University and Gonzaga University COML program, and the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media!
March 31 at 6 PM, Robinson Teaching Theater, Whitworth University.
Talk: Don’t Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism,Activism, and Social Justice A stock response to complaints about offensive and demeaning representation of women and others in popular media is often, “Well, just change the channel! You don’t have to watch that show/read that book/see that movie.” This presentation explicates why that line of thinking ignores the reality of how media and pop culture permeate every aspect of our lives, and offers an overview of media and pop culture as a locus of feminist activism.Pop culture has long been central to feminist activism, and this presentation looks at this phenomenon with an eye to both history and the present day, noting the ways in which representation, or the lack thereof, has been a key catalyst of feminist action. From the Miss America protest of 1968 to the Saturday Night Live pushback of today, we’ll look at how foregrounding a feminist perspective in media and pop culture makes that culture better, richer, and more representative of the world in which we live.
Workshop: Talking Back 101: A workshop on identifying bias, bad framing, and sexism in media and pop culture, and responding strategically. The Talking Back 101 workshop includes a presentation and slideshow on the power of media response; it includes examples of success stories in which individuals and groups have taken on harmful or offensive ad campaigns and media messages, as well as a number of tips on effective messaging.
The workshop then opens up to audience participation, asking audience members for examples of things that people want to respond to and then collaboratively crafting a plan for making that happen. The workshop is
fun and informative, and is designed to make audience members realized that they, as individual media fans and consumers, have the power to make change in media and popular culture‹whether or not they have previously
identified as activists. – from the words of Nichole Bogarosh Ph.D. Women and Gender Studies, Communication Studies, & School of Continuing Studies Whitworth University.