April 24, 2002

Contact: Deb O'Donoghue
Posted: April 24, 2002

In honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, media and advertising expert Sut Jhally will examine the bind that young girls and women are trapped within by popular culture, and how this tension affects their identities. He will also discuss the conflicting attitudes of young men toward femininity.

The founder and executive director of The Media Education Foundation, Jhally is the producer of the film "DreamWorlds II" as well as a dozen more films on topics ranging from commercialism and popular culture to violence and gender. The author of four books and numerous scholarly and popular articles, Jhally is a professor of communications at the University of Massachusetts.

The event is sponsored by WomenSafe, several Middlebury College organizations and departments (Feminist Action at Middlebury, Health and Wellness Education Office, Xenia, Cook Commons, Office of Institutional Diversity, Department of Music), Vermont Center for Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse, and Vermont Crime Victim Services.

For more information, contact Deb O'Donoghue, sexual violence program coordinator, WomenSafe, at or 802-388-9180.