According to Jean Kilbourne, the objectification of women in the media directly contributes to real-life violence against women.
A recent study conducted by psychologists at Melbourne University and Sydney University in Australia found that men are more likely to become aggressive towards women who reject their advances when the women are sexually objectified, which supports the findings of WCW's Jean Kilbourne.
Research & Action Report Fall/Winter 2013
In August 2013, Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., WCW senior scholar, presented the inaugural School Lecture during the Edinburgh International Festival. Each year, the Festival works with 1,500 primary and secondary school children inspiring and challenging them through education and outreach projects that encourage a deeper understanding of the world. The projects explore the diverse cultures and ideas. Internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, Kilbourne’s lecture was delivered at the beginning of the new academic year to students aged 15 and above from schools across the city. While in Edinburgh, Kilbourne also gave a presentation for the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit about ways to help young people make sense of imagery that reinforces potentially harmful and negative stereotypes of what it means to be a man or woman in the twenty-first century, especially in a world that is increasingly technology led.
Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2014
Forbes.com, August 27, 2013
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by Jean Kilbourne, WCW senior scholar
From the Spring/Summer 2009 Research & Action Report
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., senior scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women, is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. Her newest book, So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids, co-authored with Diane E. Levin, was published in 2008. Her book, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology in 2000. She is also known for her award-winning documentaries Killing Us Softly, Slim Hopes, and Calling the Shots.
April 5, 2009
The Columbus Dispatch
August 4, 2008
The Star-Ledger Newark
June 11, 2008
Muskegon Chronicle and Kalamazoo Gazette
May 4, 2008
Town Topics (Princeton, NJ)
May 14, 2008
The Times (Trenton, NJ)
February 3, 2008
Research & Action Report Spring/Summer 2008
Jean Kilbourne, senior scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women, is scheduled to speak at an early May 2008 conference entitled “End Human Rights Violations Against Women in the Media” at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey.
August 1, 2006