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Gender & Women's Studies

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour.

Journeying from Barbie conventions to anti-Barbie demonstrations, from girls' play dates to Barbie web pages, Barbie Nation plumbs the international cult of the Barbie doll, telling the Barbie stories of diverse men, women and children. Explores the history of the Barbie doll, through older and contemporary clips. Includes interviews with Barbie fans, foes, and fetishists; people of all ages and sexes who either covet or revile Barbie. Visits conventions and auctions, where early dolls and memorabilia are bought and sold.

Beautopia

Documents the world of actual and aspiring fashion models and supermodels. Four young women models are followed around the globe as they attempt to become superstars. Balanced with interviews with established models such as Lauren Hutton, Elle MacPherson, and Claudia Schiffer, the film contrasts the sobering reality of the business of beauty with its false promises, competition and rejection to the fairy tale images in the young models' heads. Director/producer/writer, Katharina Otto. 1993.104 min.

Beauty in China

These days, ambitious young women in China feel they have to Westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to get ahead. To accomplish the "right look," they visit surgeons to have their legs lengthened, their eyes westernized, and their breasts enlarged. Some of the women end up with terrible physical problems as a result. Every week some 16,000 Chinese undergo face surgery. The film includes a beauty contest for "Miss Nip & Tuck," in which all the contestants are women who have had plastic surgery.

Beauty Mark: Body Image & the Race for Perfection

Diana Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness. The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors.

Because I Loved Him.

A teenage girl tells her story of being in a physically abusive relationship, how she coped with it, and finally acted to stop her boyfriend's abuse. 1994. 4 min.
Related web sites:Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Becoming Barbie.

This documentary provides a compelling look at body image issues and the role the media plays in promoting certain ideals for women. It examines eating disorders that have become commonplace in society and looks at the influence of the Barbie doll on young girls. Powerful media images, in particular in the fashion and advertising industry, serve as a backdrop for insights into the virtually impossible and highly dangerous physical goals that so many women strive to achieve.

Behind the Labels

Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees to work in garment factories on the pacific island of Saipan, the only U.S. territory exempt from labor and immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty and quota-free to the U.S for sale by The GAP, J. Crew, Polo and other retailers.

Behind the Smile

Hundreds of thousands of Thai young women leave their rural homes to work in the factories of Bangkok. They are the backbone of Thailand's recent economic success. This film presents the human cost of Thailand's rapid industrialization by examining the living conditions of young female factory workers in Bangkok, who help support their families in the poorer rural areas of the country. c1993. 46 min.
Related web sites:Filmakers Library catalog description

Behind the Veil: Afghan Women Under Fundamentalism

For women living in Afghanistan under repressive Taliban rule, beatings, rape and enslavement are commonplace occurrences. This gripping program describes the massive human rights abuses that have been escalating since the withdrawal of the Soviet forces, as seen through the eyes of women who have survived years of rampant gender and religious intolerance. Resistance activites carried out by women's groups inside the country are also documented, as they fight for freedom and democracy. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 26 min.

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