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In this sensitively filmed program, eight women labeled as beautiful - two pageant winners, an exotic dancer, a former pop musician, a college student, an assistant paralegal, a physician, and an entrepreneur - explore body image issues through their frank stories of how concepts and realities of physical beauty have molded their lives for both better and worse.

#12650/0685  BEAUTY MARK: Body Image and the Race for Perfection
How do our families influence our relationship with our own bodies? How do pop culture's standards of beauty get inside our hearts and heads? In what ways can sport, competitiveness and the drive for fitness actually make us sick rather than healthy? Grades 9 to A

#12886/0920  BEAUTY MYTH: The Culture of Beauty, Psychology, and the Self with Naomi Wolf
From workplace equality and sexual harassment, to cosmetic surgery and eating disorders, to the very core of social and romantic relationships, Naomi Wolf powerfully illuminates the psychological and physiological ravages of the Beauty Myth. She wraps this extraordinary six-part presentation within a stirring vision of how we might transcend the Beauty Myth by shedding light on the cultural and economic systems that perpetuate it.

#15809/0203  BEAUTY'S ILLUSION
Everyone wants to be beautiful but often we look to the wrong places to define exactly what beauty is. True beauty is not found in the pages of glamour magazines or on Paris' runways - true beauty is found deep within your self.

Body image and sex appeal have become as key ingredients in marketing to young men today as they have long been recognized to be with young women. As a result many young men are adopting unhealthy habits in dieting, drug-taking, and body building. This video examines this phenomenon while also educating viewers about the manipulation behind it. Grades 7 to 12

What is the price of attaining the "perfect" appearance? Who sets contemporary standards of beauty? This Parents' Choice Award-winning program examines the ever-growing trend of childhood obsession with body image.Grades 6 to 12

#15199/1416  BODY TYPED: Media and Physical Perfection (3 Programs)
"Recommended for academic and public libraries, BODY TYPED is an excellent instructional and discussion resource for communication, media, psychology, and gender curricula." Educational Media Reviews Online These three short films are designed to start important conversations about body image, media, and self-esteem. WET DREAMS AND FALSE IMAGES *Winner! Sundance Film Festival, ALA/ YALSA Award Exposes the art of digital photo-retouching. How do images of perfect female beauty influence men’s perceptions of real women? And, how we see ourselves? 12 minutes THE GUARANTEE *Winner! Best Short Film - Newport International Film Festival Teasing, self-perception, cultural identity, and plastic surgery. How would changing our bodies to try to fit an image alter the way we see ourselves? Or even who we are? A dancer’s hilarious story about his prominent "Italian" nose and the effect it has on his career. 11 minutes 34x25x36 *Winner! National PBS Broadcast A look at mannequins, religion and perfection. Enter the inner workings of the Patina V Mannequin Factory and see what goes into making "the ideal woman of the moment" in plastic. 8 minutes

#13574/0450  COSMETIC SURGERY: Younger, Thinner, Smoother
"Highly Recommended! Veteran documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Sher deftly skewers American's obsession with cosmetic surgery. Her ability to poke fun at society at her own expense is, well, eye-opening. Highly recommended and sure to be popular." Video Librarian

#9757/1945  HEALTHY BODY, A HEALTHY BODY IMAGE (Healthy for Life Series) DVD
Talk about mixed messages! Teens today are confronted with pronouncements on the growing tendencies of youth to obese couch potato with a joystick, steroid man with the ultimate six pack, or anorexic waif! What is the reality that can put a health body together with a healthy body image? Grades 7 to 12

#5783/0685  KILLING US SOFTLY III: Advertising's Image of Women
Jean Kilbourne uses examples from the world's premier marketers to examine whether the image of women in advertising has changed over the last 20 years and if so... how?. In the true Kilbourne style she encourages thinking and dialogue that moves and empowers.

#13338/0685  KILLING US SOFTLY IV: Advertising's Image of Women
The message hasn't changed but the medium has evolved, or is that devolved? Jean Kilbourne returns with a whole new generation of examples of how marketing genius is still being applied to promote the sale of highly questionable products by purposefully undermining the self-esteem of women and girls.

#12887/0920  NAOMI WOLF: In-Depth
This is the companion program to THE BEAUTY MYTH. In this bonus presentation, Naomi Wolf goes in-depth to address key implications, criticisms, and the most commonly asked questions raised by the main program.

#14460/0685  PURITY MYTH (THE): The Virginity Movement's War Against Women
Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Jessica Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways our society links a woman’s worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. Valenti takes on issues ranging from abstinence-only education to pornography and exposes the legal and social punishments that women who dare to have sex endure.

#13408/0685  RED MOON: Menstruation, Culture and the Politics of Gender
With humor and refreshing candor, RED MOON provides a fascinating, often ironic, take on the absurd and frequently dangerous cultural stigmas and superstitions surrounding women's menstruation.

From the time a child is first capable of self-realization, he or she begins to ask, "Who am I?" The development of self-identity begins in infancy, and by middle childhood a sense of self is well-established. This program illustrates ways in which teachers and administrators can help their students grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults.

#5784/0685  SLIM HOPES: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness
Jean Kilbourne (KILLING US SOFTLY) focuses her attention specifically on the media, body image and health. Her thesis, and the hundreds of examples she presents, leave little doubt that advertisers are preying on the fears and insecurities of women, especially young women, with the result that they are actually encouraging the development of bad nutrition and eating disorders! An excellent resource for both media studies and women's health, this video offers insights and discussion topics that really go to the core of today's consumer society.

#14309/0635  STEROIDS: Big Muscles, Bigger Problems
A lot of time, energy, and media coverage has been spent trying to figure out which high-profile athletes have or have not used steroids, and whether or not the users still belong in the record books. Lost in the shuffle is the story of the damage that steroids can cause, not just to celebrity sports stars but to everyday young people - including teenage girls, the fastest-growing demographic group of steroid users.

#10134/1945  STEROIDS: The True Story
Teenagers are struggling with issues on body image and physical attributes as perhaps they never have in history. Whether it's the much vaunted 'six pack', the hard body, or increased power and energy for sports, today's teens have chemical means available that promise to make the development process much more immediate. Provides the latest info on self-esteem issues behind this phenomenon, as well as side-effects, both mental and physical. Grades 7 to 12

#14594/0680  STEROIDS: True Stories hosted by Curt Schilling
"An important resource for every school, community and family. It doesn’t preach but offers the truth about these dangerous drugs. Boys and girls will see the adverse effects steroids have on one's physical and mental health. Parents who view this program will want to talk honestly with their kids about steroids, and intervene when they sense trouble."Grades 5 to 12

#15757/1416  STILL DOING IT! The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65
Flying in the face of this culture's extreme ageism, STILL DOING IT explores the lives of older women. Partnered, single, straight, gay, black and white; nine extraordinary women, age 67-87, express with startling honesty and humor how they feel about themselves, sex and love in later life and the poignant realities of aging. Women over 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population. STILL DOING IT looks at this society's complex relationship to women and aging with surprising and revelatory results *** ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL PRICE FOR SCHOOLS & NON-PROFITS ***

#15948/0899  VULVA 3.0
"Amusing and horrifying by turns, but consistently fascinating throughout." The Hollywood Reporter *Already winner of many awards! With their comprehensive and unflustered research into the history of this particular aspect of the female anatomy in the 21st century, the directors shed light on every facet of the matter in hand, from sex education to censorship, from the airbrushing of ‘misshapen’ labia in pornographic images to the work of activists against female genital mutilation - and in doing so celebrate the diversity of the female body. We live in hyper-sexualized times. The press, advertisements and TV are constantly putting naked women and their genitalia on display. But many women are still deeply prudish when it comes to the relationship with their own body. In public we see airbrushed, de-individualized anatomies which conform to the standards of attractiveness used by the porn industry. The ideal image of the smooth, perfectly shaped vulva with symmetrical labia has little to do with the actual shape of most female genitalia. The resultant insecurity many women feel about their own bodies has proven to be a goldmine for cosmetic genital surgery which promises to manufacture the perfect vagina via the surgeon's scalpel.


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