MEDIAGIRLS @ Browne School | Section 2
Lesson 1: Face Sketches & Media Expectations
For class one, we asked participants to illustrate on one side of our female face sketch what media says girls should like like. On the other side, they illustrate how they see themselves. MEDIAGIRLS participants can do this activity in whatever way they see fit. Some girls choose to only color in the face, while others choose to write on the blank face. This is a great way to start off MEDIAGIRLS classes because it gives participants a chance to share and compare their own experiences with media. We then engage in a full discussion of media's impossible beauty standards for girls and women, and how they influence the way girls think about themselves and their self-worth.
Lesson 2: Pie Plates
In this lesson, MEDIA GIRLS participants are learning, drawing, and sharing the ways in which society sees them, and how they see themselves. In order to spark this discussion MEDIAGIRLS participants first write the word "me" in the center of the paper. Then, they are asked to define some groups that they belong to such as race, religion, gender, organizations, and many more. Then, using paper plates MEDIAGIRLS are asked to design their plate based on how they see themselves. Through eight sections MEDIAGIRLS participants write positive words about themselves that make them valuable for who they are such as "strong, shy, friendly" the list goes on and on. The purpose of this activity is to highlight the positive or neutral qualities girls possess that society does not always necessarily see or pay attention to. After MEDIAGIRLS are done writing they have time to decorate their plates to be as unique as they are themselves.
Lesson 3: Pros and Cons of Social Media and the Unwritten "Rules"
This week, MEDIAGIRLS participants made pros and cons lists for social media. They were encouraged to think about what improvements it could add to our lives, how it could make life easier, and how they imagined it could make girls feel stronger and more confident. They then addressed its downsides. The MEDIAGIRLS students then talked about the unwritten “rules” of social media that girls are just supposed to somehow know. Afterwards, we asked them if they could come up with a few social media “rules” that would make life better for girls.