Jean Kilbourne Cultural theorist, author, filmmaker

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  • Killing Us Softly 4 - Trailer [Featuring Jean Kilbourne]

    Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering work helped develop and popularize the study of gender representation in advertising. Her award-winning films have influenced millions across two generations and on an international scale. In this important new film, Kilbourne reviews if and how the image of women in advertising has changed over the last 20 years. With wit and warmth, Kilbourne uses over 160 ads and commercials to critique advertising’s image of women. By fostering creative and productive dialogue, she invites viewers to look at familiar images in a new way, that moves and empowers them to take action

  • TED Talks

    Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering work helped develop and popularize the study of gender representation in advertising. Her award-winning films have influenced millions across two generations and on an international scale. In this TEDx talk, Kilbourne reviews if and how the image of women in advertising has changed over the last 20 years. With wit and warmth, Kilbourne critiques advertising’s image of women and discussed what led her on this path. She invites viewers to look at familiar images in a new way, that moves and empowers them to take action

  • Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol

    Against the backdrop of a popular culture that glamorizes and normalizes excessive drinking and high-risk behaviors, Spin the Bottle explores the role alcohol plays in college life. Award-winning media critics Jean Kilbourne and Jackson Katz examine the relationship between media, gender, and alcohol, while campus health professional speak about the impact of heavy drinking on the lives of students. Throughout the video, young adults give voice to the complexity of the issue, honestly acknowledging their own enjoyment while simultaneously exploring the negative consequences. The conclusion offers concrete strategies for countering the ubiquitous presence of alcohol propaganda.

  • Deadly Persuasion: The Advertising of Alcohol & Tobacco

    In Deadly Persuasion, Jean Kilbourne exposes the manipulative marketing strategies and tactics used by the tobacco and alcohol industries to keep Americans hooked on their dangerous products. Illustrating her analysis with hundreds of current advertising examples from mainstream and trade sources, Kilbourne presents a compelling argument that these cynical industries have a clear and deep understanding of the psychology of addiction — an understanding they exploit to create and feed a life-threatening dependency on their products. Deadly Persuasion casts a critical eye on the corporate interests that lie behind the industries whose products kill more than 450,000 Americans each year.

  • Slim Hopes: Advertising & the Obsession with Thinness

    Jean Kilbourne offers an in-depth analysis of how female bodies are depicted in advertising imagery and the devastating effects of that imagery on women’s health. Addressing the relationship between these images and the obsession of girls and women with dieting and thinness, Slim Hopes offers a new way to think about life-threatening eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, and it provides a well-documented critical perspective on the social impact of advertising.

  • The Killing Screens: Media and the Culture of Violence

    An illustrated discussion with George Gerbner and Jean Kilbourne. The video images in The Killing Screens represent the film and television carnage that has both attracted and repulsed students and others with increasing intensity over the years. The far-reaching effects of violence in the media reach the core of the individual’s sense of security and relationship to community in our modern culture.

  • A Seat at the Table: What Does It Take To Become a Leader?

    A groundbreaking documentary that follows six Miss Hall’s School students as they interview accomplished women, seeking answers to questions about how best to realize their aspirations.The film was produced by members of PAaLS—the Personal Authority and Leadership Source—a girl-centered research initiative that has studied obstacles to girls’ and women’s leadership for nearly a decade.

  • Miss Representation

    The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.