The media shapes and affects our understanding of gender identities, stereotypes, violence, and power in many ways. Being able to critically consume media is crucial to preventing violence and creating a more just world. In this workshop, we use recent examples from the media and creative activities to build a better understanding of gender, practice how to critically analyze and consume media, and challenge dominant stereotypes.
- To understand gender as a social construction and define / differentiate “gender” and “sex”.
- To identify ways that the media affects our understanding of gender identities and stereotypes.
- To practice critically analyzing and deconstructing media examples.
- To build a toolkit of ways to discuss these ideas with friends and address problematic representations when we encounter them.