March is celebrated as Women's History Month. Before the end of the month, we wanted to share with you some interesting research, news, and media relating to women's health, gender stereotypes, and more.
- March is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and often these two issues go hand in hand. Take a look at this analysis of dating in Twilight, this 2011 study on how viewing media depictions of violence influences aggression, and an article on how teen girls' magazines frame stories of dating violence around the female victims.
- This report from Hollywood.com looks at how few women directors there are in Hollywood, and how many fewer get recognized. Did you know only four women have ever been nominated for a Best Director Oscar, and only one (Kathryn Bigelow, 2009, The Hurt Locker) has ever won?
- A recent panel at SXSW discussed the propensity of woman-owned media outlets that call Millennial and older women "girls" and wax poetic about kittens and cupcakes. Is it demeaning to women? A reclaiming of a term and new definition? How do you think this might influence today's young girls and teens as they grow into adults?
- Looking for some age-appropriate reading for your whole family to do? Check out Kidlit Celebrates Women's History Month for book suggestions and literature discussion.
- Are you caught up on CMCH's other blog, Ask the Mediatrician? Check out some of the past posts that have dealt with gender: talking to girls about media and body image, marketing pink toys to girls, slut lists, and more.
- Take a look at feminist scholar and critic Anita Sarkeesian's video (and transcripts) series "Tropes vs. Women," which unpacks stereotypical female characters in movies, television, and video games.
- By the way, if you think it's only parents who notice that toy marketing is especially gendered, take a look at this little girl schooling her father on gender double standards.
How did you observe Women's History Month this year?