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Gender-based Violence & Pornography

Speak Out!

Sexual violence has been recognised as a major problem in and around schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Evidence shows that it is a major barrier to accelerating progress in girls' education. This documentary captures the voices of young people in Swaziland speaking out against sexual abuse and highlights their efforts to combat gender-based violence. 2004. 17 min.

The Date Rape Backlash: The Media and the Denial of Rape.

A critical examination of how media portrayal of date rape has evolved within a span of five years from portraying date rape as an epidemic to a view of date rape as feminist victim oriented propaganda.1994. 58 min.
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The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships

Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has emerged as one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries, assuming an unprecedented role in the mainstream of our popular culture at the same time that its content has become more extreme and harsh, more overtly sexist and racist. The film moves beyond the liberal versus conservative debates so common in the culture to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in the most intimate areas of our lives.

War Zone

Filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West believes that for women, walking the streets is like traversing a mine field. The anxiety that is produced by gestures and verbal attacks (leers, taunts, catcalls, and misguided "compliments") are perceived by women as a threat to their safety and are a reminder of their powerlessness in society. Armed with a movie camera, Hadleigh-West recorded men in the act of harassing her on the city streets, filming 112 incidents of street abuse in 7 1/2 hours.

When Girls Do It.

This documentary reveals the human reality behind sexual abuse by women, the healing process for those who have survived abuse, and the need for treatment programs for female offenders. Powerful interviews with female sexual offenders and survivors of abuse, therapists, and psychologists reveal the devastating effects on the victims, acknowledge the enormity of such offenses and encourage victims to speak out against this under-reported crime. The documentary also delves into related issues including the long-held misconception that sexual abuse of children is exclusively a male crime.

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