Hey Tulsans: Jennifer Pozner will be at TU Tomorrow!

April 12, 2010

THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM IS PLEASED TO PRESENT

A LECTURE BY ACCLAIMED MEDIA CRITIC JENNIFER POZNER

Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV Is Bad for Women…
(…and men, people of color, the economy, love, sex and common sense!)

TUESDAY, APRIL 13
LORTON HALL 207
7:OO P.M.

Nearly every night on every major network, “unscripted” (but carefully crafted) reality shows glorify stereotypes most people assume died forty years ago. On “The Bachelor,” twenty-five interchangeable hotties compete for the chance to marry a hunky lunkhead they don’t know from Adam. Weepy waifs line up to be objectified for a living (or simply for a moment) on “America’s Next Top Model.” Branded “ugly ducklings,” unstable women with low self-esteem risk their health to be surgically altered on “Extreme Makeover” and “Dr. 90210.” Starved women get naked for Oreos and men gloat about “dumb girl alliances” on “Survivor.” Women of color are demonized as deceitful divas and “ghetto” train wrecks on “Flavor of Love” and “I Love New York.” Reality TV isn’t simply reflecting anachronistic social biases, it’s resurrecting them. Its producers have done what the most ardent fundamentalists have never been able to achieve: they’ve created a universe in which women not only have no real choices, they don’t even want any.

With humor, razor-sharp analysis and provocative multimedia clips, media critic Jennifer L. Pozner exposes how “reality” TV reinforces regressive ideas about women and men, race and class, and sex, love and marriage in America. She skewers the lack of ethnic and physical diversity in a genre where women are sold right alongside soda and cell phones, and reveals how reality TV glorifies eating disorders, derides female intelligence, demeans people of color, and reduces Prince Charming to any jerk with a firm butt and a firmer financial portfolio. You’ll never see dating, mating and makeover shows the same way again… and you’ll laugh—a lot!

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact Jan Doolittle Wilson, director of TU Women’s and Gender Studies, at jan-wilson@utulsa.edu.

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One Response to “Hey Tulsans: Jennifer Pozner will be at TU Tomorrow!”

  1. beamish Says:

    thanks for sharing this, spring!


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