Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Oakland University
presents the 2006 Annual Women’s Studies Film Festival
and Seminar: "Why Can't I Look Like That Model?" Saturday,
March 11, 2006, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 156 North Foundation
map). Tickets cost $12 for the general public, and $8
for students and seniors.
Advertising and popular culture bombard women incessantly
with images of ideal beauty. Advertising encourages us to
buy cosmetics, hair products, diet foods and exercise equipment
in pursuit of that ideal. But advertisements also send a
contradictory message, promoting junk food and encouraging
the sedentary lifestyle that lets us watch more television – and
more commercials. For many girls and women, these mixed messages
are not only frustrating but dangerous. For women of ethnic
minorities, the prevailing northern European ideal of beauty
is particularly discouraging.
This year’s film festival
will explore these issues with two documentaries, a student
video and a feature film, all the work of women filmmakers.
1995 documentary Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession
with Thinness examines the messages that advertising
sends women about their body images. In Black, Bold
and Beautiful, 1999, directed by Nadine Valcin and
produced by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, African-American
and African-Canadian women discuss why they do or do not
dress their hair to conform to European ideals of beauty.
Kelly Fitzsimmon’s video Untitled, a prize-winning
entry from this year’s Grizzdance festival, is an
Oakland University student’s take on issues of body-image.
This year marks our first showing of a film by an Oakland
University student in the Women’s Studies Film Festival.
The feature film Real Women Have Curves, directed
by Patricia Cardoso from a play by Josefina Lopez, tells
the story of a young Mexican-American woman coming of age
and coming to terms with her appearance and ethnicity.
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