Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Generation M: Misogyny in Media & Culture (Trailer)

Synopsis of PH.D Thomas Keith's new film below.

Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this important documentary, Thomas Keith, professor of philosophy at California State University-Long Beach, looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture.

The film tracks the destructive dynamics of misogyny across a broad and disturbing range of media phenomena: including the hyper-sexualization of commercial products aimed at girls, the explosion of violence in video games aimed at boys, the near-hysterical sexist rants of hip-hop artists and talk radio shock jocks, and the harsh, patronizing caricatures of femininity and feminism that reverberate throughout the mainstream of American popular culture.

Along the way, Generation M forces us to confront the dangerous real-life consequences of misogyny in all its forms - making a compelling case that when we devalue more than half the population based on gender, we harm boys and men as well as women and girls.

It would have been nice to see interview subjects that weren't all anglo-saxon. I'm sick of seeing whitey spew the same old diatribe about what they label Hip Hop at best, Gangsta Rap at worst. Rich coming from a whitey himself, huh?

I was just talking about Western society's celebrity obsessed culture with a friend of mine recently. We were lamenting how generation after generation of teenage girls emulate lifestyles of the same ten or so IT girls, who have the luxury to often buy their way out of any self induced problem.

Anyhow, I thought I'd put this trailer out there for discussion.

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