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Gender and age in media education

Author(s): Elżbieta Gajek,

Journal: Acta Didactica Napocensia
ISSN 2065-1430

Volume: 2;
Issue: s1;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: media education | intercultural education | gender studies | age discrimination

Nowadays mass media shape the perception of social values and roles. Thus, aspects of media education that deal with various kinds of inequalities influence general sensitivity to diversity and its consequences. In this respect media and intercultural competences interrelate. Not only minorities’ rights have to be secured, but also majorities rights have to considered if it happens that majorities are discriminated. Widely accepted gender and age inequalities presented on the media in stereotypes and safely-looking conservatist behaviours may lead to harassment and even violence. That is why understanding media messages and identifying overt and covert forms of discrimination are of special interest of educators. In this article several activities for class teachers are presented to encourage them to introduce the touchy topic of gender and age inequalities into their school practice.
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