girls are doing it for themselves: Reel Grrls

*(Note: I enjoy referencing songs and lyrics from the Eurythmics whenever possible . . . what can I say . . . you’ve been warned.)*

Over the course of this blog I hope to highlight various organizations and programs dedicated to empowering girls. Whether these programs focus on music, filmmaking, creative writing, or theater they all share the goal of providing a safe and supportive space for girls to express their creativity and voice their opinions. I’ll be highlighting two such organizations this week in case you find yourself with a little extra cash around the holidays and are looking to do some good.

Tonight I’ll focus on Reel Grrls – a Seattle based organization that provides media literacy training for girls on how to critique media images, while also teaching girls video production skills including writing scripts, directing actors, using video cameras, and navigating editing software and programs. Check out some of the youth-produced videos that have come out of Reel Grrls:

1. Girls, Sexuality & the Media – in which girls create a Wall of Shame to highlight and counter attack advertisers’ sexual objectification of females. I especially love that the girls in this video address race and the blinding amount of whiteness (as in white models, bodies, faces) in advertising.

2. What if Men Menstruated? – a comical look at how menstruation would be discussed and handled if men (and not women) had that monthly visit from Aunt Flo.

3. Black As Me – a powerful video featuring three girls Jomiah, Triniti, and Rachel and the preudices they’ve encountered growing up as African-American girls.

As evidenced in these films, Reel Grrls aims at giving girls tools they can use to talk back to media and make their voices be heard. Moreover, the program recognizes that too few females currently work as directors or cinematographers in film and television, and hope to level the playing field by making the technology and knowledge available to young women and creating an unstoppable army of aspiring girl filmmakers (okay maybe not exactly but I like the militant image).

~ by actyourage09 on December 23, 2009.

3 Responses to “girls are doing it for themselves: Reel Grrls”

  1. Thanks for spotlighting this awesome organization, and actually showing some of the girls’ work. It’s really heartening to know that there’s a generation of smart, opinionated, and creative girls out there with cameras and voices and ideas.

    Also, it’s good to know that they’re funny — the “What If Men Menstruated?” clip cracked me up. Bleed as a team, bro.

  2. Thanks so much for highlighting our organization! I love your blog and we’ll be sure to add you to our blogroll when our new blog goes up later this month. Cheers!

  3. […] ads and gender roles: Reel Grrls’ latest workshop Back in December I wrote about Reel Grrls, a non-profit organization based in Seattle that offers girls media […]

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