messages on this DVD are compiled from the 2010 Forum on the Family
|Melinda Tankard Reist
Melinda Tankard Reist is a Canberra
author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and
girls. She is well known for her work on the objectification of women
and sexualisation of girls and working to address violence against
women. Mother of four and author of four books, she is difficult to
pigeonhole and impossible to ignore.
Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls 46m
spotlight on a critical issue of international concern: the
sexualisation and objectification of girls and women in the media,
popular culture and society.
Girls and young women are growing up in an increasingly sexualised
environment. Girls are portrayed as sexual at younger ages,
pressured to conform to a 'thin, hot, sexy' norm.
Clothing, music, magazines, toys and games send girls the message that
they are merely the sum of their body parts. The effects of prematurely
sexualising girls are borne out in their bodies and minds, with a rise
in self-destructive behaviours such as eating disorders and self-harm,
along with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
Find out what Melinda and others are doing to combat this trend.
|Giving Sorrow Words:
Women’s Stories of Grief After Abortion 27m
has been presented as a simple procedure that allows women to put the
crisis of an unintended pregnancy behind them. They were told they'd be
able to get on with their lives after abortion. But their lives would
never be the same.
Melinda has documented personal
accounts of women who have had abortions and share their stories of
personal suffering and loss -- stories that have often gone unheard in
a society eager to dismiss abortion-related trauma.
She examines the experiences of these
women, including the lack of resources and support, the misinformation
and lack of informed consent, and the intension pressure and coercion
often applied by partners, parents and society in general to force
women into unwanted abortions.
|Defiant Birth: Women
Who Resist Medical Eugenics 14m
this session Melinda brings out crucial questions about eugenics and
the medicalisation of birth (such as the use and misuse of prenatal
screening). She advocates for the human rights of people with
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