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Manhattan Region's Program

The short film “Pretty Sexy Sassy, How Girls and the Media Consume One Another” was created by the Research Training Interns of Ma’yan, an organization that teaches feminism, social justice, and leadership training to teen girls. The Research Training Interns set out to create a film on media sexism and its impact on girls and young women.

Mariele Roberts-Pereira from Manhattan region reflected after holding program that involved watching the video and participating in a discussion afterward.

“The video made my chapter think about issues within the media that surround us every day. The focus on real girls and their opinions showed that we, as BBGs, are also victims of issues within the media, whether we realize it or not. However, we have the power to stand up against them.

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Discussing the video afterwards served as an open platform for everyone to share how they have been personally affected by the media in their daily lives. This topic hit close to home for a lot of the BBGs, making it such a crucial program to hold. I would advise other chapters to spend time focusing on these issues so girls can really flush out their feelings in an environment where they feel comfortable doing so. It would also be great to create a continuous support program. There is a list of ideas at the very end of the video which could be great to use within a program, or for girls to act and make a change in the future.”

Rachel Klein agreed that “supporting every girl and seeing that everybody is beautiful should not end with the program, but continue in order to give more confidence to every single girl.”

Here is the program resource that BBYO Manhattan used following the video screening.

More information about Ma’yan can be found at www.mayan.org or on twitter at @Listen4aChange.

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