Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Killing Us Softly--by Jean Kilbourne

(These look to be recently posted, so I don't know how long they'll be up...for copyright reasons?  At any rate, if the links no longer work, look up Killing Us Softly divided into several parts.)

If you have never watched these, watch these.  Ms. Kilbourne is witty, knowledgeable, and to-the-point.  The messages are important.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

or if you don't have enough time to watch them all, this trailer for the newest version sums some of it up.

Trailer for KOS4


8 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing these Dana! I saw a snippet of this years ago in a communications course and it forever changed the passive way I used to view ads, which in turn added to my personal confidence. Thanks for posting the whole series.

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  2. Katie! Aren't they great? I would love if it you wrote something(s) for this blog. Here is a conversation a friend and I had on facebook about them.

    B: Thank you for posting Dana. I watched them all, and it made me want to start an ad campaign with people I know- normal sized, healthy girls being strong. In high school, I was a lot skinnier (at least partly because I was in high school in California, you were skinny or you were wrong...) but I never thought I was pretty because no one would ask me out. Turns out being tall and intimidating is also not appreciated. I just wish I could fix how people think!

    D: I do too, Brooke! I think things like this help though. Oftentimes we don't realize WHY we think the way we think, and the intentions behind the influences! The more I realize that society wants me to stay small and thin and young in an effort to control and dominate me (and to take my money), the more I see things like my belly and my laugh lines as an act of rebellion. I don't want to dissapear anymore. I want to be strong, and wise, and powerful (turns out, contrary to what society tells us, you can be these things AND be deeply feminine.)

    You are beautiful, Brooke. I'm so happy you married someone who wanted to be with an intelligent, strong, deep, WOMAN who he could be true equals with--not a naive little girl who he could control.

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  3. I watched these in a human sexuality course at UVU about 5 years ago. I have been addicted to the fight against media and our self esteem issues ever since. And from that time on I haven't bought a women's magazine. I just can't. I am so much better without that garbage in my head. "10 ways to make men love you"... "how to please your man sexually" and then don't forget all the ads with multiple women's body parts photoshopped on to one woman. It's ridiculous! I also did a research study my senior year of college on this topic. It was great fun to survey people about it, and also when you have a passion for this stuff your assignment isn't really work. :) I'm so glad you have this blog. I've been wanting to start one like this in forever. I'm glad someone has.

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  4. Lana! I hear you. About seven years back I stopped watching television and stopped purchasing those magazines (I have a lot of adjectives for those words, but at the risk of offending others, I will forebear until I have more time to talk specifically about why I can't stand them.) My self esteem has increased exponentially. Now while I'll occasionally watch TV with a friend these days, I attribute the comfort I have with my body to INCREASING the amount of REAL bodies I interact with, and DECREASING the amount of fantasy ones I do. To those who purchase those magazines, a quick way to cut a large part of the tumor out is to stop purchasing them.

    Could I make you a contributer to the blog? You could post your insights and knowledge whenever you like!

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    1. YES! I would love that! You may need to give me pointers on what you'd like contributed and how often, but I have my own personal blog and love to share my thoughts, so I'd be happy to help on this one!

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  5. Done. Anything that first into the blurb up on top of the blog is game. I'm so excited to have you posting! Thanks, Lana!

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    1. Awesome, do you want me to run them by you before posting? I'm happy to do so. :) And also, how often?

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    2. No need! I'd rather just be surprised by what you write/I trust you. Post as often as you feel so inspired to post. The more the merrier.

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