Girls make their own media!
If the newsstand lineup of magazines for girls looks bleak to you or your daughter, walk on by—and head home to get her producing her own girls’ media. This could be as simple as a younger girl’s hand-printed text and illustrations for a magazine that she photocopies and delivers to friends and family. And many younger and older girls already have the minimal skills needed to create an online ‘zine that can be widely distributed by email. Either way, making her own media is a great way for a girl to have her unique voice heard and appreciated.
Girls’ media production has exploded in recent years, says Mary Celeste Kearney, Assistant professor of media and cultural studies at the University of Texas and author of Girls Make Media (Routledge, 2006). Girls from elementary ages on up are making ‘zines, movies, music, and websites and becoming less dependent on mainstream media that can demean them.
They’re inspired and mentored by women who began making media as teens and now do workshops on ‘zine production, girls’ rock ‘n’roll camps, movie-making classes, and more. The wider availability and lower cost of equipment has made media-making accessible to more girls. Not least of all, girls who make media now will be one step ahead for adult job opportunities in the booming media industry, Kearney notes. And they’ll be certain to steer media away from its girl-unfriendly ways as they become women in media.
We’ll be doing that on NewMoon.com February 28th when we chat with Amy Nathan, author of the true story, Take a Seat—Make a Stand. About Sarah Keys Evans, a Black teen who refused to give up her seat on a bus three years before Rosa Parks became famous for doing the same.
You can also catch Amy Nathan and Sarah Keys Evans on Brian Lehres’s interview on New York Public Radio at 11:40 am eastern time (8:40 pacific, 9:40 mountain, 10:40 central) on Wednesday, February 9. If you miss the interview, you can listen to it here: Book Club Author on the Radio!