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Bitch magazine fundraiser tonight, Feb. 24: Jennifer L. Pozner (hi!) speaks about reality TV at PSU

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February 24th, 2009

Since it’s nearly 1am and I’m blogging from a spotty wifi connection at a hotel in Corvallis, OR, this is just going to be a quick follow-up to yesterday’s post about WIMN’s lecture tour in Oregon this week.

So, quick reminder: I hope all of you in the Portland, OR area will come out to PSU to support Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture magazine tonight. I’m going to be presenting WIMN’s multimedia lecture, “Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV Is Bad for Women (…and men, and people of color, and the economy, and love, and sex, and sheer damn common sense!)” as a fundraiser for Bitch:

WHEN: 7pm, Tuesday, Feb. 24
WHERE: Smith Memorial Ballroom at Portland State University
COST: As this is a fundraiser for Bitch, tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. To buy them early call (888) 847-8457 or go to the PSU box office at 1825 SW Broadway. Tell them WIMN sent you!

And as I wrote yesterday (no time but to crib from myself… sorry!), I’m thrilled to present this lecture as a

…fundraiser for Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, one my all-time favorite magazines and one of the most important resources available to smart women anywhere. Because times are tough for independent magazines and even tougher for feminist publications, Bitch has become increasingly creative in raising the cash needed to sustain the mag and it’s mission in print and beyond. One of the ways they’ve done that is by introducing a feminist media lecture series this year, and I’m honored to be included. So, if you’re in the Portland area Tuesday, come on out and support Bitch, and learn to see reality TV in a new way while you’re at it. It’ll be a good time.

I’ve been doing a version of this talk since 2001, and by now I’ve brought it to probably around 80 colleges. It’s evolved over time (hence the new title focusing not only on women), but the core of the talk has remained the same. It’s a lively, clip-filled romp that uses equal parts humor and researched analysis to help audience members apply a critical media literacy lens to reality television, which I see as the most visible pop cultural manifestation of the contemporary backlash against women’s rights. (I defy anyone who has ever watched more than a few episodes of “The Swan” or “The Bachelor” to disagree…)

Hope to see you tonight if you’re in Portland. And if you’re not — but you’d like to bring this reality TV presentation or other programs from WIMN’s multimedia lecture series to your town or campus — contact us at info [at] wimnonline [dot] org.

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