||Speakers. “Badass” vs. “Hot Mess:” Deconstructing
sexist portrayals of women
Miley Cyrus, Lindsey
Lohan, Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes; What do all of these women have in common?
They all flood the computer screen after a google images search of “Hot Mess
Celebs.” Does this imply that male celebrities are symbols of innocence and perfection?
Of course not. This shows us that standards for men and women are drastically
different. Why are these female celebrities considered a “Hot Mess,” while male
stars who exhibit similar behaviors, such as Charlie Sheen and Robin Thicke,
are considered comedic and “Badass?” Join us to explore the double standards of
pop culture and the implications it has for women in today’s society.
Presenter: Dr. Roya Akhavan is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at
the Department of Mass Communications at St. Cloud State University. She is an
award-winning professor whose honors include recognitions as “Teacher of the
Year,” “Outstanding Graduate Professor,” “Outstanding Achievement as V.P. for
International Marketing,” and “Outstanding College Leadership.” Dr. Akhavan’s
areas of teaching and research focus on theory and methodology, media
management and policy, and international communication.
Professor Akhavan has lived and worked in four different cultures, Persian,
Japanese, American, and Chinese. Dr. Akhavan’s book entitled Peace for Our
Planet: A New Approach (Kinseido Publishers, Tokyo, 1992) was a bestseller
in its own genre in Japan, and was widely used as a textbook in Japanese
universities. Professor Akhavan
maintains an active role in community and professional service. She is a
frequent speaker at academic and community forums and radio and television
broadcasts on global issues, including eliminating the root causes of war,
gender equality, and spirituality in the 21st century.