13. Don’t fund sexism

Make a conscious commitment not to buy magazines, music or newspapers, rent DVDs or play video games that portray women in a sexually degrading or violent manner. If you feel overwhelmed by mediums – simply choose one medium that you will actively boycott from purchasing or renting that contains sexist content. To help you identify sexual objectification in media, check out Caroline Heldman’s five quick questions.

How does it help?

Research has demonstrated that regular exposure to content that sexually objectifies women has been linked to the development of sexist attitudes and gender stereotyping – both of which have implications for the increased likelihood of men’s violence against women in society.

Keep going!

Keep recognising and challenging sexism in media and pop culture:

  • If you have children in your life, have conversations with them about gender stereotypes in the media and what is harmful about them
  • Make a commitment to buy children’s books for friends/family that challenge gender stereotypes
  • Vote with your wallet; boycott films, TV shows and video games that portray women and girls in objectifying, sexually degrading or violent ways

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