MEDIAGIRLS Part I @ Brookline Teen Center
Lesson 1: How Media Influences the Way Girls Value Themselves
The first lesson of MEDIAGIRLS is focused on defining media and different stereotypes that media portrays as the “perfect girl”. The participants will find different cut outs of words that describe the “perfect girl”, in terms of media’s expectations, across different races. The participants will take the word that they think that media has portrayed to have this expectation and put it under the racial category they believe it belongs under. This demonstrates how many different stereotypes girls of all races must put up with because of media’s standards.
Lesson 2: “Who Am I?”| Girls Define Their Self-Worth
MEDIAGIRLS is determined for girls to create their own values of self-worth and identity instead of having these important concepts be influenced by media’s harsh judgments. Participants will each receive a blank female face sketch. One side of the face will be decorated in the form of drawings, colorings, or description words of what media believes girls of their own race are supposed to look like. On the other side, participants will decorate it in terms of what they actually look like or how a real girl looks like. Then on paper plates, participants will discover their own identity and self-worth by writing 8 different positive personality qualities that they identify with.
Lesson 3: Social Media| Creating the Media We Want to See
To kick off this lesson about social media, MEDIAGIRLS’s goal is to see how they are impacted and influenced, specifically, by social media. Because technology is developing at the speed of light, it is important to think about the negative and positive influences that these developments have impacted the lives of everyone around the world, including social media. But with this development, social media has been known to cause a significant impact on many girls’ lives. Unspoken social media rules are one of the aspects of social media that can be a negative influence. Our focus is to get girls to start thinking about ways to use social media in a positive and empowering way for change.
Lesson 4: Ad Detectives| How to Deconstruct an Ad
Advertisements are around us almost 24/7. It is something that will influence the way we think and behave. Lesson 4 is dedicated to educate girls on how to identify advertisements that cause negative emotions and behaviors towards women. Participants will be shown ads done by major celebrities or “influencers” on Instagram or even on major magazines and billboards. Then to deconstruct the ad, the participants will engage in a discussion about what the ad is telling us and is there any truth or “realness” to the ad itself.
Lesson 5: MG Report Card| How to Deconstruct a Music Video
A lot of music videos can be produced to create different messages that impact our society in different ways. In this lesson, MEDIAGIRLS will hand out a Music Video Report Card and participants can fill out the grading for categories about lyrics, diversity, and how women are portrayed in the music video that is shown. This will get girls to think about the different messages about gender in music videos. Also, a deeper discussion about how to incorporate positive change into these negative portrayals of women in music videos and songs will be conducted.
Lesson 6: Speak Up Using PSAs & Social Media
To keep reinforcing the idea of creating positivity in media, the participants will create PSA’s, public service announcements, about being a #realmediagirl. A script promoting authenticity and positivity will be given to the participants to make a creative video for others to feel more empowered by media, especially social media. The participants will learn how to be an activist for what they believe in and harness the power of media for positive change.
Lesson 7 & 8: Inspiring Women| “What Girl or Woman Deserves the Media Spotlight?"
To empower women in a more specific way, participants will think about women in their life that have made a positive impact on their own lives and how or what the woman has done to influence them. In one version of this activity, participants can choose to use their written words to write a blog post about their inspirational female role models. In another version of this activity, participants can choose to create videos with them explaining the impact the role model has had on them. This teaches them to identify the strong inner traits in others that can be a positive influence on themselves and their own self-worth.