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Women's Studies: Films

Use this guide as a starting point for research in Women's Studies.

Films on Women's Studies

Ryan Library's DVD collection is kept in the Reference Area. Films may be borrowed and taken out of the library or viewed on a DVD player located in the Group Study Rooms on the Middle Level of the Library. If you can't find what you're looking for, ask the librarian at the Research Help Desk. The previews below are for documentaries in Ryan Library's DVD collection.

Miss Representation

Miss Representation

Call Number: DVD 0864 

This documentary explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media's limiting and often disparaging portrayals of women, which make it difficult for the average girl to see herself as powerful. Find more information at

Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women

Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women

Call Number: 658.8348 K48d

"The average American views three thousand ads in one day. Yet remarkably, most of us believe we are not influenced by advertising. In this lively and shocking expose, Jean Kilbourne reveals how deeply advertisers insinuate themselves into our daily lives. Advertisers do far more than influence our taste - they manipulate our desires so that their products will become our closest friends." "A warning shot about the perils of the media and a call to resistance on the part of all women, parents, and educators, Deadly Persuasion is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our culture."--DVD Jacket. For more information visit

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women

Killing Us Softly 4 : Advertising's Image of Women

Call Number: DVD 0808 

"In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing us softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes--images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne's groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing us softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence"-- DVD Jacket. For more information visit

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