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Men and Women Are Different [electronic resource]

Gender is an extremely important - and often downplayed - topic in our society. The differences between the two sexes are genetic and hormonal factors (the "hard-wiring" of the brain) and the environmental and social factors (including the way we are treated). This video examines differences in gender in the workplace and communication style differences between the sexes. Topics covered include differences in body language, differences in participation, the impact of gender differences, and the differences in making requests.
Online
2001
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Shadows [electronic resource]: The Gender Divide in Afghan Society

Mary, a beautiful young Afghan woman who wanted to become a doctor, looked forward to starting medical school. But she soon left Kabul University after suffering discrimination because of her gender. Following the collapse of her education, she resolved to become a journalist and to document the suppressed lives of Afghanistan's women. In a video-diary-styled commentary, Mary narrates her fascinating journey. Viewers' hearts go out to her as she shows no fear in directly challenging the bigotry she finds - and in so doing puts herself into significant danger. This program reveals that, since the liberation of the country from the Taliban, little has changed for Afghan women outside of Kabul.
Online
2004
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Fairytale of Kathmandu [electronic resource]: Portrait of a Fallen Idol

In this haunting documentary, the celebrated Irish poet Cathal O'Searcaigh invites his greatest fan Neasa di Chandin to Nepal. And so a journey begins which neither will ever forget. But what Neasa expected to be the trip of a lifetime soon turns into a disquieting and idol-smashing experience. "This was not the story I wanted to tell," says Neasa, who directed the film, and viewers feel her disappointment as Cathal's behavior with young men is revealed. Provocative in both content and technique, this finely crafted documentary is not only a portrait of a fallen idol - it is also a glimpse into the murky world of sex tourism.
Online
2008
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Ghetto Bully [electronic resource]: Young Muslims and Misogynist Violence in Suburban Paris

In the low-income housing blocks of the Paris suburbs, many residents are Muslim immigrants from Sharia-dominated societies, and their children struggle to find a balance between traditional and Western attitudes. In October of 2002, a local teenager named Sohane was attacked and set on fire, soon dying from her injuries. Her killer's motive? Sohane had spurned his advances, breaking one of the community's unwritten rules - women have no right to their own choices and must be "submissive." With that tragedy as a starting point, this film examines issues of gender equality, human rights, religious freedom, and cultural assimilation in the context of Europe's rapidly growing Muslim populations. Viewers meet a wide range of young French Muslims, both male and female, with equally wide-r [...]
Online
2010
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Aravani Girl [electronic resource]: India's Gender Conflicts

Sixteen-year-olds Palani and Karthik want to become "ladyboys." They're bullied in school and beaten by their families. Their parents would like to see them grow up as normal boys, but they're falling into the world of the Aravanis dance troupe. Loved as dance performers but hated as homosexuals, they symbolize the inner conflicts of India's gender culture today. "I felt like a girl when I was seven years old," says Karthik. "Now I find there are many like me!" "I don't want to live a bad life," says Palani, who understands the social exclusion he faces, "I worry about my future." Here is a powerful story of the loss of innocence in a culture struggling to come to terms with homosexuality.
Online
2009
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Inside the Child Sex Trade [electronic resource]

The plight of child sex slaves has been well publicized, but seldom do outsiders have the opportunity to see inside their miserable world. Recently, however, an undercover film crew did get inside. The crew gained rare access to Diana and Lina, two teenage prostitutes at a brothel in the island city of Batam in Indonesia. Focusing on the girls' plight and the mission to save them, they filmed every event leading to the girls' rescue. It's a confronting and harrowing exposé of young children lured into a life of prostitution. After being examined at the hospital, the girls are returned to their village. There is concern about their future, however. As Lina points out, "We're damaged goods now.
Online
2005
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Eat Sugar and Speak Sweetly [electronic resource]: Forced Marriages in Europe

This shocking documentary reveals the scale of forced marriages in Europe. Ayse was just 11 years old when she became engaged. "Eat sugar and speak sweetly" is a Kurdish and Turkish saying advising young brides like Ayse to talk about pleasant subjects rather than complaining about their forced marriages. Regularly beaten and raped, she was forced to work as a slave for her husband's family. Her story is not unusual. In the Turkish immigrant community, arranged marriages are routine. As women are starting to defy these traditions and tell their stories, attitudes are slowly changing. In Turkey, for example, membership in the European Union has led to new laws giving equal rights to women.
Online
2005
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Women of the Holy Kingdom [electronic resource]: Struggling for Equality in Saudi Arabia

There is a palpable sense of change in Saudi Arabia today - or at least it sounds good to say that. Women may be gaining ground in some areas, but the oil-rich nation remains one of the most conservative societies in the Islamic world, with plenty of obstacles still littering the road to equality. Directed and narrated by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid, this program explores the tensions and complexities that cloud the professional prospects, political rights, and personal dignity of women in the country. Conversations with women in a variety of roles - a nurse, a factory worker, a history professor, and several others - help shed light on the debate happening within Saudi society over what should and shouldn't change. Obaid's frustration with the constraints placed on her and he [...]
Online
2006
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What's Your Point, Honey? [electronic resource]: Young Women Prepare for Leadership

She's out there somewhere. She may be a complete unknown, or she may already be in the public spotlight, but sooner or later the first female president of the United States will emerge. While openly acknowledging today's inequalities, this film puts a new face on America's future by introducing several promising young leaders, all of them women. Viewers learn about an innovative program created by CosmoGirl magazine and the White House Project, designed to encourage young women to pursue management roles and to think of themselves as potential office holders. Interwoven with the stories of these hopeful, ambitious interns are conversations with feminist thinkers and activists from previous generations - including the iconic Gloria Steinem, who reflects on her personal journey as well [...]
Online
2008
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Out in Mumbai [electronic resource]: A Victory for India's LGBT Community

Established under British colonial rule, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalized consensual sex between adults of the same gender, declaring it "against the order of nature." On July 2, 2009, the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment repealing the antiquated clause, thus fulfilling a basic demand of gay rights activists and bringing closure to a decade-long legal battle. This film follows three members of Mumbai's LGBT community as they make their way through the city and celebrate the first anniversary of the historic verdict. Through their widely varied personal stories, the documentary explores the reality of living a queer identity in today's India - a struggle between tradition and change, and a journey towards true equality.
Online
2011; 2013
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Generation Exile [electronic resource]

When Rodrigo Dorfman was six years old, he was forced into exile because of the revolutionary activities of his father, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. Now, 35 years later, Rodrigo Dorfman weaves his experience of exile through the eyes of four women: a Taiwanese pianist haunted by nightmares of her past; an Afro-Caribbean whirling dervish on a pilgrimage to Turkey; a Latina artist mourning the destruction of her community; and a young American woman caught in a web of spiritual abuse. Spanning four continents and a hundred years of personal history, Generation Exile is a meditation on our search for identity in a world full of pain and wonder.
Online
2010
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Generation Exile [electronic resource]

When Rodrigo Dorfman was six years old, he was forced into exile because of the revolutionary activities of his father, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. Now, 35 years later, Rodrigo Dorfman weaves his experience of exile through the eyes of four women: a Taiwanese pianist haunted by nightmares of her past; an Afro-Caribbean whirling dervish on a pilgrimage to Turkey; a Latina artist mourning the destruction of her community; and a young American woman caught in a web of spiritual abuse. Spanning four continents and a hundred years of personal history, Generation Exile is a meditation on our search for identity in a world full of pain and wonder.
Online
2010
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Sheryl WuDunn - Our Century's Greatest Injustice

Sheryl WuDunn's book Half the Sky investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all of our human resources.
Online
2010
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Tony Porter - a Call to Men

At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat, and abuse women and each other. His solution: break free of the "man box.
Online
2010
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Bacha Posh [electronic resource]: You Will Be a Boy, My Daughter

In Afghanistan, an old tradition allows families without a son to transform one of their daughters into a boy. These little girls, known as bacha posh, spend their early years dressed as boys and are accorded all the privileges and responsibilities of being male-but after puberty, they must revert to the female roles into which they were born. This program follows four girls who temporarily became the sons their parents longed for. Shabina has recently become bacha posh to help her disabled father and seems to be taking it all in stride. For Mariam and Naid, it's time to change back, but both are desperate to hang on to their male identities. Lastly we meet Jack, a bacha posh who refused to change back and who now heads for Europe. What new discoveries will the freedoms of the West invite?
Online
2012
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She Says [electronic resource]: Women in News

In this classic program, ten pioneering female journalists talk about the difficulty they had breaking into what was once a male-dominated profession. The documentary highlights their struggle to be taken seriously and the impact they eventually had on news reporting. Anna Quindlen recalls the drama of covering Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 bid for vice president, and Nina Totenberg and Narda Zacchino discuss the significance of female journalists reporting on the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hall sexual harassment case. Carole Simpson, the first African-American female network anchor, details how news typically comes from a "white, male perspective" despite the diverse makeup of her own newsroom, and Helen Thomas gives credit to earlier newswomen, such as Barbara Walters, who helped break down [...]
Online
2001
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One Fine Day [electronic resource]: Individual Acts of Courage and Defiance

Idealists thrive on the notion that a single person can change the world-but what basis does it have in reality? Is there room for it in an age of oppression and unrepentant brutality? This film profiles six people from different cultures and religions who, through small nonviolent actions, helped to overcome injustice. Ashin Kovida, a Buddhist monk now living in the U.S., reflects on his leadership of anti-government protests in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Maria Jesus Sanhueza, a young Chilean woman, describes her role in the Penguin Revolution which brought about government funding for education. And Christian Fuhrer, former pastor of the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, Germany, recounts the Monday Demonstrations and "Prayers for Peace" that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Equally [...]
Online
2012
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Some of the Strangest Medical Cases [electronic resource]: Is There a "Gay Gene"?

Is sexual identity biological or behavioral? Is there a "gay gene"? This ABC News report explores these questions with two families that have gay sons, both of whom were sure of their sexual identity from childhood. Opinions in the scientific community vary on this, including proponents of gay cure programs, and studies are underway to determine if people are born gay or if it is a learned behavior.
Online
2008
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: LZ Granderson - the Myth of the Gay Agenda

In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson is a celebrated voice on sports, race, and gay rights.
Online
2012
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Closing the Gender Gap [electronic resource]: Job Club

The pay gap between men and women has long been a fact of life, but the tide may be turning. This ABC News report finds that one group of women are doing better than others. Women under the age of 30 who are not married and have no children earn up to eight percent more than their male counterparts.
Online
2010