Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Girls Growing Up with Media Episode Airs


PITTSBURGH—WQED’s iQ: smartmedia initiative premieres the second episode of iQ: Smartparent on Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV. Episode 2: Girls Growing Up With Media will discuss how girls are portrayed in the media and the impact media has on their decision-making, behaviors and sense of self. Show experts include M. Gigi Durham, PhD, author of The Lolita Effect, and professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa; Rebecca Gaynier, founder of; and Jennifer Stancil, Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED and hosted by board certified family physician Dr. Deborah Gilboa, known as "Doctor G".The episode will also be available at following the on-air broadcasts.

Episode 2: Girls Growing Up With Media

 How are girls portrayed in the media? How does this impact their decisions, behaviors, and sense of self? Join us as we explore these topics and offer some iQ: smartparent advice on how to talk with your children about gender inequity in the media.

Premieres: April 25, 2013, 8pm

Dr. Deborah Gilboa
Dr. Deborah Gilboa is a Board Certified Family Physician, mother of four sons, and a professional parenting speaker and writer. She follows three basic principles when guiding parents from toddlerhood to young adulthood: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Her website is


M. Gigi Durham, Ph.D.

M. Gigi Durham, Ph.D. holds a joint appointment in the Department of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in leading academic journals, including Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Women's Studies in Communication. She is the author of The Lolita Effect (Overlook, 2008) and the co-editor, with Douglas M. Kellner, of Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks (Blackwell, 2001, rev. 2006).
Rebecca Gaynier, Founder of

Rebecca Gaynier is the Founder of, a smart, fun website for tween girls that was selected by Family Fun Magazine as one of the Top 10 Fun Websites. Rebecca worked in NYC for nearly 10 years, at some of the world's biggest advertising agencies, with some of the world's most iconic kid brands, like Oreo and LEGO. She also writes her own blog,

Jennifer Stancil is the Executive Director of Educational Partnerships at WQED Multimedia and oversees the department’s efforts in educating children and adults alike. Jen has launched numerous education programs throughout her career, such as the Girls, Math and Science Partnership, GirlTalk Radio, and – an international online community of girls that allows them to explore different career paths, especially in science and technology.

Presented with expertise from Common Sense Media.

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