“But today we know it as a social, business and health priority, as well. Not only does it cause personal suffering, but domestic violence also reduces productivity, leads to absenteeism and drives up health care costs. And unless people are trained to look for it and ask about it, domestic violence is rarely identified.”
A recent request submitted to the NSVRC Lifespan Team asked about what the takeaway should be when we talk about critical media literacy with youth. Universities dedicate entire courses to this topic. What can you possibly impart in 45 minutes? The answer: Tons!
First consider the distinction between Critical Media Literacy 1.0 and 2.0. Critical Media Literacy 1.0 is probably that media literacy that you grew up with. We’re talking the good stuff, like Jean Kilbourne’s Killing Us Softly lectures (eye opening analyses of advertising’s depiction of women) and that activity where you flip through magazines and clip out demeaning or objectifying images of women and girls (which are disappointingly easy to come by), or ads that reinforce harmful gender stereotypes. More recently, the film Miss Representation discusses the way women are presented in news and media and how that (mis)shapes the way women and girls understand their worth.
Coverage of Most Recent Zimmerman Arrest Promotes Myths about Domestic Violence from NNEDV, 11/19/13
“With high profile cases of domestic violence in the news, such as George Zimmerman’s most recent arrest November 18, 2013 on aggravated assault and battery-domestic violence charges, the media has the opportunity to debunk myths and set the record straight on the realities of domestic violence.”
“The Defense Department’s newly organized child abuse working group will conduct a rapid review of child and domestic abuse and will issue its first report in February. The group project, which will last a year, was ordered in light of revelations of widespread child abuse in the services. Two ‘rapid improvement events’ are planned. An initial study to begin this month will focus on child abuse and neglect. A second will look at domestic and intimate partner abuse starting in January.”
PCADV, PCAR set Nov. 24 as #pasaysnomore Day To Speak Against Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, 11/14/13
“The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape urge Pennsylvanians to post the message ‘NO MORE,’ accompanied with the hashtag #pasaysnomore, to their Twitter accounts Nov. 24.”