Girls On Screen – Stereotyping & Representation in film & TV

 

There is an ever growing plethora of new channels and shows available to kids on TV and online these days and children can often be very attached to or even fanatical about their favourite shows and characters. But are we really aware enough of what our kids are watching? Is it ok to just trust whatever’s on to entertain them in a safe and informed way?

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Mags or Rags?

 

Women’s magazines have been around since before the turn of the century in one form or another but the Celebrity Gossip Magazine is a relatively modern and troubling phenomenon. Magazines such as Heat, Closer, US Weekly or People are filled with paparazzi images of celebrities in both their everyday and working lives. Critiqued at every turn for being either too perfect or not perfect enough. Too fat and too thin. Too single or too slutty and so it goes on. Read More

Inescapable Advertising

Adverts, we pretty much all dislike them right? As adults we are savvy to the motives of branding on our subconscious to convince us where and how to spend our money. Because that’s what they are trying to get us to do, spend our money. Women in particular are more informed than ever as to the detrimental effects advertising and Photoshop are having on our body and self image.
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Anti-Social Media

We all know that most kids and young adults these days are using social media of one kind or another (or all of them at once!) and as parents and potentially much less tech savvy adults this can be a pretty overwhelming fact. The pace of ever changing media platforms seems to be quickening all the time and if you’re anything like us here at The Minefield you may be either struggling to keep up or panicking about what lies ahead when your children are old enough to start exploring these avenues for themselves.
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