Media coverage in the Colchester Gazette

It was lovely to be featured in the Colchester Gazette a few weeks ago. I was interviewed by Vanessa Moon who was

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interested to know about how I got into this line of work and some of things I was most concerned about. Media interviews can be tricky especially on print as you are never quite sure how you will come across but I think she did really well.

In particular I wanted to make it clear that young girls should be allowed to wear pink and dress up as princesses, but there should be lots of other options too… but currently there aren’t.

I would have liked something about feminist economics in the headline as I don’t campaign on page three or wolf whistling and I’m not sure my face needed to be quite so massive, but you can’t win them all!

Women in the media workshop – Highbury Grove School

advert montageToday I’m running a workshop at Highbury Grove School, London on women in the media. This is obviously a broad topic and a lot to cover but in the end I decided to focus on advertising. The aim is to leave these young women of an understanding of how the advertising industry works. How it feeds on our aspirations and insecurities and uses them to make us buy stuff.

Although humans will always aspire to be better than they are. We can temper our expectations and understand what impact the beauty industry has on our self perception.

I’m also going to be looking at how magazines place adverts next to articles exploring these ‘issues’. I want to teach them a healthy cynicism about advertising. We’ll also look at photoshop using this video: