Date & Time: Tuesday, July 18th, 8:15 - 9:30 AM
Location: Grind & Gallery Coffee Bar, 4124 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Host: Deb Sears
No pre-registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome!
Free for WIFTV members - $10.00 for non-member
Coffee and breakfast items available for purchase.
July's guest speakers will be joining us from the YWCA Youth Advisory Committee. The committee will be presenting a discussion titled (Miss)representation of Women and Girls in Media moderated by WIFTV member and Program Associate & Youth Jury Coordinator for the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, Jessica Bradford.
From the YWCA: Did you know that less than 31% of the world’s Top 500 Films include women who are speaking characters, and out of that percentile, roughly 1/3 of women are shown in sexualized ways? Turn on the TV, walk through the mall, or flip through social media and you will see the hypersexualized landscape that youth are growing up in. At YWCA Metro Vancouver, we know that this misrepresentation is a problem. Sexualization permeates all levels of society and is linked to three of the most common mental health problems experienced by girls and women: low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, eating disorders. The corresponding hypermasculinization of men and boys equally contributes to unhealthy relationships, resulting in difficulties expressing emotions and encouraging tendencies towards violence.
Recognizing that conversations about sexualisation need to start at a young age in order to mitigate its effects in the long-run, the YWCA formed the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to facilitate dialogue amongst young people, their peers, and community. Join us and some of our youth members as we discuss how sexualization in contemporary media affects us all, and how we can work together to actively combat its impacts.
Sarah is in her 4th year at UBC. Sarah was asked why she joined the YAC:
"I’ve experienced gender-based inequality myself so I was interested to join a youth council that focused around gender equality and media literacy. In fact, the YAC is special to me as it’s one of the few spaces that allows for open discussion about critical issues related to youth without judgement."
Montana Hauser works as a Community Development Coordinator at the YWCA Como Lake Gardens, one of several single mothers housing facilities offered through the YWCA. Montana’s background is in history and gender studies but has a degree in social services as well.
Alyana Lalani is currently a Grade 10 student at Burnaby Central Secondary School who joined the YWCA Youth Advisory Committee because she wanted the opportunity to share her thoughts and views with other concerned youth in her area. She is extremely passionate about many of the issued discussed at YAC meetings, especially the topic of hypersexualization of girls in the media and gender equality. The YAC provides her with a safe space to voice her opinions, listen to other passionate individuals, and to be heard.
To Alyana, representation of women in the media is extremely important, because when people think of the stereotypical woman, they think of someone wearing a full face of makeup and a dressy outfit. As someone who does not fit into that gender-role category, Alyana found it extremely difficult to find herself represented in the media due to her appearance not conforming to the ideal image of a woman in today's society.Everywhere we look, we see oversexualized images of women, from television to social media to electronic games, and Alyana wants everyone to remember to not form unrealistic ideas of what a human being must look and act like because the effects are detrimental to young girls particularly. Alyana also believes media literacy and representation of women in the media go hand in hand because we have to remember to look at advertisements and social media with a critical eye and try to find the underlying message.