Rise of ‘lad culture’ in education promotes misogynistic messages, researchers say

Posted by ap507 at Jun 16, 2015 11:40 AM |
University of Leicester academics explore the evolving role of the media as a ‘nexus of sexism’

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 16 June 2015

Researchers from the University of Leicester will be debating the rise of ‘lad culture’ in education and how it promotes a ‘nexus of sexism’ at an upcoming event on 22 June.

Organised by the Media and Gender Research Group at the University of Leicester, the event will explore ways in which the media perpetuates sexism in schools and how educational institutions can challenge the prevalence of sexualised ‘banter’, ‘sexting’ and revenge porn.

Dr Kaitlynn Mendes from the University of Leicester’s Department of Media and Communication, who is organising the event with the Department’s Professor Helen Wood, explained: “In recent years, we have heard a lot about the rise of ‘lad culture’ in education. Various American fraternities have been banned or suspended for promoting and engaging in sexual assaults on women, while a range of sports teams in UK universities have been shut down due to their promotion of misogynist messages and initiations. Meanwhile, secondary school students on both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly criticising school dress codes, which have been labelled as sexist for their focus on women’s attire and appearance.

“While sexism in educational settings is not new, what role does the media play in perpetuating it? And in what ways can various media technologies be used to challenge it?

“In light of the growing awareness of sexism in our education systems - from the rise of ‘sexting’, revenge porn, and general 'lad culture', it is necessary to explore the media's role in both perpetuating and abolishing these discriminatory and harmful practices. We hope people who attend this event leave with an understanding of what some students experience, and how we can help make our schools and universities safer and more equitable spaces.”

The Media and Gender Research Group at the University of Leicester and the MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network will bring together a number of key thinkers to debate the evolving role of media technologies at the nexus of sexism and education.

Speakers include Professor Andrea Press from the University of Virginia talking about recent events on US college campuses, Professor Jessica Ringrose from the Institute of Education and Dr Jessalynn Keller from Middlesex University discussing a project about girls confronting rape culture in school with a response from Professor Karen Boyle from Stirling University.

The event will take place on 22 June at 4:00pm at Bankfield House Lecture Theatre, 132 New Walk, Leicester.

This event is free and open to the public but places are limited. To book a place contact mcresearch@le.ac.uk       

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For more information please contact Dr Kaitlynn Mendes on km350@leicester.ac.uk and Professor Helen Wood on hw177@leicester.ac.uk

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