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Every day, we are bombarded by television commercials, bill boards, social media posts and music video clips that objectify women and promote the thinness ideal.  A recent TWF scoping study of research published in Hong Kong on media and gender found that women who are saturated by these messages are more likely to be unhappy with their bodies, leading to eating disorders and low self-esteem.

We also know that boys who are exposed to sexually explicit materials and pornography have a greater proclivity towards sexual harassment, while girls who are exposed to these materials believe sexual coercion is more permissible in relationships.

The way that the Hong Kong media stereotypes women as home-makers and in more passive roles is also concerning and, combined with institutional glass ceilings and persisting old boys’ networks, potentially explains the erosion of ambition and under-representation of women leaders across industry and professional sectors.

To spotlight these issues, The Women’s Foundation is making a one hour, bilingual documentary film “She Objects” that will examine the scale and impact of media influences in Hong Kong. The film will feature stories from across the generations and interviews with female and male politicians, artists, entertainers, activists and academics.

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