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Catalyst Radio: GRIID issues findings of Normalizing Male Dominance film study

Local organization GRIID looks at major films of 2012 to examine gender representation in the medium.
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Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

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A new study examining gender representation in 67 major films from the past year has just been released by Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy.

In studio to explain the findings in the study, called Normalizing Male Dominance: Gender Representation in 2012 Films, are Chloe Beighley and Jeff Smith from GRIID.

GRIID has compiled findings from film studies twice previously in the past 10 years, and we also learn about trends and changes found in movies over the decade.

The gender representation report is just the first of several in the current on-going film examination. Smith and Beighley talk about other areas of focus that include race representation and violence in movies.



Music featured in this edition of Catalyst Radio is from T. Bone Burnett, from the release entitled The True False Identity. It’s the song “Hollywood Mecca of the Movies.”

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