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  • Grades 11-12,
  • Grades 9-10

Developing Informed Opinions in the World of “Likes”


Continue the discussion with this prompt: Why should people care whether or not girls or women have athletic opportunities?

Deconstruct common stereotypes about Islam and the role of women.

Compare the gender issues that arise in the film with historical comments on construction of gender already familiar to the students, e.g., this excerpt from a famous 1851 speech by Sojourner Truth:

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man–when I could get it–and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman?

Examine U.S. policies related to fighting the Taliban. Discuss whether Taliban denial of education and other opportunities to girls/women is justification to go to war with the group.

Study the history of Pakistan and how its colonial and ethnic history influences current events.

Examine the status of girls' sports at your school. What's the level of participation? How do things like resources, media coverage, booster support and fan attendance compare to the same things in relation to boys' teams? How are female athletes viewed by the rest of the student body?

About the authors

Faith Rogow

Faith Rogow, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (Corwin, 2012) and past president of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She has written discussion guides and lesson plans for more than 250 independent films.