Stereotypes of Girls and Women in the Media

Gender & Sexism
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Grade Level:
Middle School
Common Core Standards:
Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Gender & Sexism

Images of girls and women in the media are filled with stereotypes about who women are and what their roles should be in society. These stereotypes can be negative, limiting and degrading and impact both how women perceive themselves and how others see them as well.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to critically examine certain media forms and their portrayals of women and girls. Students will consider how media shapes public perception and can perpetuate bias. This is a two-part lesson that requires the students to conduct investigative work in between the two sessions.

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