TUES, Nov 16, noon: Reality Bites Back event with Jennifer L. Pozner and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Lady of San Francisco

BAY AREA EVENT REMINDER from WIMN and the International Museum of Women:

Nov. 16: Whose Reality? Exposing Gender, Race and Commercial Biases in Reality TV

11/16/2010: 12pm – 1:30pm

A conversation with Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentarian, actress and First Lady of San Francisco, and Jennifer L. Pozner, Executive Director of Women In Media & News, media critic, author, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV, on November 16th.


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The International Museum of Women is thrilled to be hosting a noontime conversation between Jennifer Siebel Newsom, actress, filmmaker and First Lady of San Francisco, and Jennifer L. Pozner, media critic, author and Executive Director of Women in Media & News, on November 16th.

Just how real is reality television? With video clips of popular prime time TV shows and a trailer for the forthcoming film, Miss Representation, Newsom and Pozner will shed light on sexism and racism in entertainment media. Please join us for this important discussion about misrepresentations of women and people of color in reality TV, and ways you can demand media accountability.

Miss Representation, a feature length documentary, written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, explores “how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited, often disparaging portrayals of women” while educating another generation that their primary value still lies in youth, beauty and sexuality, not in their capacity as leaders.

Jennifer L. Pozner, founder and Executive Director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media justice group, takes a hard, funny look at how reality TV affects our beliefs, and behavior in her book, Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV. Pozner’s book “deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairy tales, demonstrating that far from harmless ‘guilty pleasures,’ this genre has a damaging impact on our intellectual and political development.” Pozner tells us how producers, writers, editors and advertisers, “spin fictions out of whole cloth” for their commercial agendas.
NOTE: Priority will be given to ticket-holders who have registered through the International Museum of Women website at www.imow.org.

Tickets can be purchased at the door based on availability.

Tickets: $15 regular, $10 members, $5 students & low-income
To purchase tickets, please visit http://imow.org/calendar/index

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