Killing Us Softly

Jean KIlbourne, recent past president of the Teen Talking Circle board of directors, and one of our top advisors has been a pioneer helping develop and popularize the study of gender representation in advertising.

Her award-winning Killing us Softly films have influenced millions of college and high school students across two generations and on an international scale. In this important new film, Kilbourne reviews if and how the image of women in advertising has changed over the last 20 years.

With wit and warmth, Kilbourne uses over 160 ads and TV commercials to critique advertising’s image of women. By fostering creative and productive dialogue, she invites viewers to look at familiar images in a new way, that moves and empowers them to take action.

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3 responses to “Killing Us Softly

  1. Linda!
    It’s Tylene. I was using my time wisely, and found this blog! LOVE LOVE LOVE Jean’s lecture, and am so excited to see her reach so many. Even though we are aware of what media does to alter women’s images, we still need to reinforce our young women with the self-esteem and confidence that they are completely perfect just the way they are. It is by having a group they can share their fears with, and where they can voice their critiques about life in a safe environment, that will ultimately help them walk a path of integrity to their own beauty.
    It’s almost been a year, since I walked a path with you. I still feel that weekend living wide awake inside of me, especially in every meditation I do. Please send me strong vibrations that will help me more in believing that once I jump into the world with my vision, the net will appea


  2. Tylene, girlfriend, woman, leap freely and prepare to make an art of falling!!! We only have about 30 or 40 years to live, so live it the way you want to!!! You have everything it takes. You’re a soulful, wise woman with enough experience to know that you know! And no one can know more than you what’s right for you. Big big hugs, and many many many blessings. J U M P!!


  3. I think Cindy is so much more beautiful naturally! All the make-up and styling just makes her look like every other person made up the same way… it is our unique face with all our expressions and true smiles or tears that express our beauty…it’s very hard in a culture (world) where standards of beauty are drummed into everyone not to be brainwashed. In India, I took a walk with a beautiful young man, who complained to me that he felt ugly because he was dark skinned. I asked him where he learned to feel this way. He said, his mother started rubbing skin lightening cream into his face when he was little. It’s this fear of not be “acceptable” – of not belonging that we are so vulnerable to.


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