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Jean Kilbourne

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. The prize-winning films based on her lectures include Killing Us Softly, Spin the Bottle, and Slim Hopes.

In our audio interview, mindyourmind volunteer Alicia talks to Jean about the social implications of media in our society and culture and how it impacts our health and relationships.

Warning: Video contains sexually suggestive and explicit imagery.

Here is a list of topics discussed with Jean Kilbourne in our interview:

  • Media images and the tyranny of the ideal image of beauty
  • How do you start the conversation?
  • Dominant body image messages
  • Negative images affect men and women
  • Implications of a hyper-sexualized society
  • Women in the media and media literacy
  • Health in the media
  • Mental health in the media
  • Citizens rather than consumers
  • Harassment on campus
  • Media literacy in Education
  • A few fun questions!