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Today (2/23) and tomorrow (2/24): Reality TV debunked in Oregon! Come say hi…

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

February 23rd, 2009

Hi all! Haven’t been blogging much in recent months as I’ve been working on my forthcoming book, Reality Bites Back: How Guilty Pleasure TV Is Making Us Sexist, Shallow and Socially Irresponsible. But I couldn’t let two stop on WIMN’s multimedia lecture tour go by without mention. I’ll be conducting the following multimedia presentation in Corvallis, OR and Portland, OR tonight and tomorrow night:

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

(Note: The link brings you to the previous title, but it’s the same basic talk. I’m kind of going for that vintage David Letterman vibe with this new title — when something’s a little too long, it’s a little too long… but when it’s way too long, it gets funny…

WHEN: 7pm, Monday, Feb. 23
WHERE: Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, University of Oregon, Corvallis, OR
COST: Free and open to the public

And I’m THRILLED to be doing the same lecture tomorrow 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.

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!

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 if you’re in Oregon in the next two days. 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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