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Jean Kilbourne states that “turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person.” What do you think she means by this? What is the relationship between dehumanization, objectification, and violence?
What are some differences between ads that feature white people and ads that feature people of color?
Do you feel that the media reflect or create the ideal image of beauty in our society? Or do you think it’s a bit of both? Explain what you mean.
What are some of the potential physical, emotional, and mental effects on girls and women who try to live up to our culture’s ideal image of beauty? What relationship does Kilbourne see between cultural ideals of thinness and the cultural obsession with both dieting and eating disorders? What do you think of this connection?
Are things changing in regards to the stereotypical representation of women? (The documentary came out in 2010). Do you feel that the culture is opening up, that is has started to embrace women and girls that go against the traditional feminine type? If so, give some examples and explain why you think this is happening. If not, why not?
Submission and Grading
Length: Approximately 2 – 4 pages, with a minimum of 2 pages
Double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font