Media, Sexism and Education: A Roundtable Panel Discussion

Speaker Professor Andrea Press (University of Virginia), Professor Jessica Ringrose (Institute of Education), Professor Karen Boyle (University of Stirling) and Dr Jessalynn Keller (Middlesex University)
Type Conference
Starts at Jun 22, 2015 04:00 PM
Ends at Jun 22, 2015 06:30 PM
Venue Department of Media and Communication, Bankfield House Lecture Theatre, 132 New Walk
Open To University staff and students
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Reserve a space by emailing


The Media and Gender Research Cluster at the University of Leicester and the MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network brings together a number of key thinkers for an important debate about the evolving role of media technologies at the nexus of sexism and education. We want to ask questions about what we, working in education should know, and importantly, what we should do about the sexism we experience in our everyday lives and the lives of our students.


Prof. Andrea Press, University of Virginia, USA – ‘The “Gaze” of New Media:  A Comparison of Sexism, Racism, and Homophobia in Contrasting New Media Platforms on American College Campuses’

In the changing media environment a number of widely-used social networking platforms have developed, and are continuing to evolve.  This study compares content and dominant discussions of a particular set of misogynist and racial incidents in four such platforms:  the YikYak app; the Tumblr app; Instagram; and the Collegiate Anonymous Confession Board.  All are or have recently been widely used on U.S. college campuses and beyond.  This paper examines the contrast between these forums; probes the potential of each; and theorizes why each technology displays a distinctive political bent. The paper concludes by addressing more theoretical issues of the interconnections between media technologies and their social and political uses.

Prof. Jessica Ringrose, Institute of Education, & Dr. Jessalynn Keller, Middlesex University, Mr. Neil Robertson (Highgate Wood School), Ms. Rosa Tully (Highgate Wood School) - ‘“It threatens them when we come all fired up!” Girls confronting rape culture and everyday sexism in and around the high school’  

There has recently been substantial popular media attention to the prevalence of “rape culture” on university campuses within Canada and the United States, and “lad culture” in the United Kingdom. However, less attention has been paid to the prevalence of rape and lad culture in secondary schools and the ways in which “popular misogyny” and “everyday sexism” proliferate in educational spaces and within teen peer sexual cultures. In this talk we respond to these gaps by considering the experiences of girls participating in a London-based high school feminist club. We offer an analysis of the affects surrounding 'feeling feminism' suggesting the clubs provide a space for the girls to feel more safe, confident, angry and active within school environments often still hostile to feminism. We also demonstrate how these feelings are communicated beyond the groups via the girls' engagements in digital spaces, such as Facebook and Twitter.


Prof. Karen Boyle, Director of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies, University of Stirling, and the only Professor of Feminist Media Studies in the UK

Although there is no registration fee, we are asking for people to reserve a space by emailing

Organisers: Dr Kaitlynn Mendes ( and Professor Helen Wood ( for general enquiries

We are also offering a limited number of travel grants for PhD students/early career researchers on a first come first serve basis. Priority will be given to those whose work is related to the theme.

A drinks reception to follow immediately after the event.