Representations of Women in Canadian Media

by | September 30, 2012
filed under Can-Con, Feminism, Pop Culture

Represent Projectby Jarrah Hodge

I’m really proud to be taking part in Represent, a project by Media Action Média aimed at persuading the mainstream media to do a better job at representing women and girls. MAM is reaching out to people across Canada and asking them to submit 3-minute videos to their YouTube contest. Next March a panel of Canadian media-makers will review the videos and provide feedback at an event in Toronto. More info will be announced in the coming weeks but for now you can keep track of the project on Twitter and Facebook.

My submission is on the topic of more positive (meaning more creative and nuanced) representations of women and girls in Canadian media. As much as I think we need to demand more from mainstream media, I also think we need to shout out the media makers who have refused to take the easy path and have created the representations of women we love and are proud of as Canadians.

The main thing I feel is lacking from my video is Quebecois media. I did consider a few French-language movies that I’d seen but it seems to me that most of the ones that make it to major Western Canadian theatres have been directed by men and really centred around men (for example, The Barbarian Invasions is one of my favourite movies, but I can’t really call it feminist). I also realize that some of my selections are a few years old. I’d absolutely love to hear your favourite Canadian media representations of girls and women, so please do comment either below on this post or on the Gender Focus Facebook page.

To sign up to receive an action kit or to find out how you can support the project, contact program coordinator Rosella at rosella@media-action-media.com.


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  • Patti K

    I continue to be impressed by the way Degrassi deals with issues of gender and sexuality. I’m probably the only person over 30 that still watches that show, but it does have a diverse group of complex young women among its main characters.

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