Gender Cinema

As another way to help provoke questions and stimulate discussions in the early stages of the seminar, we would like to recommend a number of videos for all to view. These videos are designed to help you explore key points surrounding the gender debates and hopefully inspire you to participate in  the coversations on this blog’s Comment Corner in the lead up to the seminar in Bratislava.

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The first video is a short clip entitled ‘Michael Kimmel: on gender‘. The video wonderfully sums up some of the key points in gender studies:

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The second video, entitled ‘Sex and Power‘ was created by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission. The video brings together a number of short interviews with women in senior positions to discuss the correllation of gender and power. The women interviewed appeal to men to let the female talent pool into society’s senior positions and on women to fight and take responsibility for society’s senior positions:

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Created by the European Commission’s directorate for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, this next short video approaches the topic of ‘Gender Equality for a Social Europe: equal treatment between women and men‘ through the meduim of cartoon:

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The next video, created by the European Commission and entitled ‘Waging War on the pay gap’ begs the question: How much do women really have to celebrate in Europe on International Women’s Day on March 8th? This report from the European Commission Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities explains how a number of EU countries are taking actions to try to end discrimination against women in the workplace:

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Continuing with the theme of the gender pay gap, this final video entitled ‘Gender Bias and Income Disparity: A Myth?‘ sees Hoover Institute Senior Fellow, Thomas Sowell present some uncommen thoughts on the reason for the pay gap. Sowell argues that economic differences between working men and women are not generally due to employer discrimination, as is generally widely accepted.

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After watching the videos you will no doubt all have some interesting comments or questions to raise. This is not only great for discussions at the seminar, but why not head over to the Comment Corner now to raise such issues and start a debate with your fellow participants!

As a starter, in order to provoke questins and to stimulate the discussion at the very beginning of the seminar, it could perhaps be interesting to watch a short clip (it is about 4:30 minutes long) by Michael Kimmel. The clip is called ”Michael Kimmel: on gender” and I think it wonderfully summs up some of the key issues in gender studies. Here is the link to this clip on youtube:


 
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