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The Girl in the Mirror • Activity Booklet

12 October 2018
Carolanne Dionne
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Tool's Title
The Girl in the Mirror [➦]

Languages
French
English

Target Audience
Teenagers

Type
 Activity Booklet

Duration
Secondary 1 to 3: 1 session of 2 hours to 2.5 hours

Conception by
Matthew Johnson, director for MediaSmarts

Release Date and Last Update
2012 (no update as of the review date)

Description
In this lesson, students look at how gender stereotyping may discourage young women from becoming involved in politics. Students begin by discussing what is meant by the terms “politics” and “political action.” With those definitions in mind, they create a “portrait of a politician” based on the traits and characteristics that are needed to be a political agent. Students then deconstruct media products aimed at girls and young women in order to identify the stereotypes contained within and understand how these may raise barriers to being politically active.

*** Note that this description was written by MediaSmarts. ***

Official Reference 
Johnson, M. (2012). The Girl in the Mirror. [Activity Booklet]. Ottawa : MediaSmarts. Retrieved from http://mediasmarts.ca/lessonplan/girl-mirror-lesson

To Access the Tool
http://mediasmarts.ca/lessonplan/girl-mirror-lesson

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Clarifications by the Review Team
gender stereotypes, sexist, women, politic, power, sex, girls, boys, media

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