Speaker: Donna Chung, Winthrop Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, The University of Western Australia.
In the last decade there has been increasing concern by a cross section of the community about what has been termed the sexualisation and ‘pornifcation’ of children, particularly young girls. This has led to government inquiries in Australia and the US in recent years with a particular focus on the role of the media in this phenomenon. There is no doubt that various forms of digital media have changed how images are produced, circulated and accessed, however, we cannot assume that digital technologies have created this concern.
In this presentation the origins of the concerns and the various debates will be examined as they relate to gender equality and women’s status. The question of what all this means for future actions and responses will be discussed.
Donna Chung's research interests have been in the areas of gender equality, gendered violence and heterosexual relationships. As a result of her research Donna has worked as a consultant to governments advising on policies and programs aimed at stopping gendered violence and promoting gender equality.
The annual Grace Vaughan Memorial Lecture is a partnership arrangement between the Australian Association of Social Workers, The University of Western Australia and Department for Communities - Womens Interests, Western Australia.
The Grace Vaughan Memorial Lecture is held annually to commemorate the life and achievements of Grace Vaughan who died in 1984.
This is a free public lecture, All Welcome. Please RSVP your attendance to [email protected]
by 7 March 2012.