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Jackie Nelson: Public Lecture and Dissertation Defense
June 6 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Come join us for this public lecture and oral defense of doctoral dissertation by PsyD candidate Jackie Nelson!
Sexually Objectifying Microaggressions in Film: Using Entertainment for Clinical and Educational Purposes
Our culture is steadily becoming more aware, and less tolerant, of sexual harassment and misconduct. This is particularly evident in the wake of the viral “me too” movement beginning in 2017 which highlighted the breadth of personal experiences of sexual harassment on various social media platforms. Often the focus of these experiences is on overt sexual harassment, but less attention is paid to the build up that can lead to these terrible events. What is more, is that often these events are attributed to character flaws of the perpetrator without taking covert social norms into perspective. This dissertation takes a social constructivist perspective to concretely define sexually objectifying microaggressions (SOMs), a building block of sexual harassment, as well as outline their clinical implications. This was done in the hope of expanding cultural competency of gendered microaggressions for both psychology professionals and students, exposing the potential impact SOMs may have on clinical presentations, and espousing the importance of utilizing modern media to better understand our culture. A qualitative content analysis was conducted on the seven top-grossing PG-13 rated films between the years 2010–2016, beginning with a pilot study analyzing a clip from the top-grossing PG-13 rated film of 2009 to measure interrater reliability and construct validity. An extensive literature-based qualitative codebook was created to conduct this analysis. Results indicated that SOMs were present in all the films, but saturation longitudinally decreased. SOM targets were primarily protagonist characters with both men and women being equally targeted. The primary SOM perpetrator was found to be the audience or viewer of the films. An unexpected result was the high prevalence of idyllic hypermasculinity in the films. Implications and future research directions will be discussed.
Dissertation Committee Members
Bill Heusler, PsyD – Committee Chair
Chris Heffner, PhD, PsyD
Mo Brown, PsyD