For two weeks in August, WXXI is offering free documentary screenings, followed by lively discussions, that explore youth self-esteem, cultural identity, crime, life choices, and more. On Tuesday, August 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at WXXI, 280 State Street, WXXI will screen A Girl's Life.
Girls growing up in America today do well in school; by fifth grade they’re equal to boys in math and science, and they’re significantly better at reading and writing. They have more career choices, more flexibility in family roles and more female role models in positions of political power. But even as doors open, girls may not be able to walk confidently through them. When they get to middle school, girls self-esteem plunges. Twice as many girls as boys attempt suicide. Twice as many show signs of depression. Girls have a higher risk of abusing alcohol and drugs, and violent physical assaults by girls have skyrocketed since 1990. Rachel Simmons has been studying girls relationships, behavior and psychology for more than a decade. In A Girl’s Life, Simmons goes back into the field to introduce audiences to four typical teenage American girls. The girls tell their own deeply personal tales of dealing with issues like cyber-bullying, body image and violence. Simmons also interviews parents, psychologists, teachers, and social workers. As viewers trace the thorny new challenges girls face, the girls themselves reveal an inspiring supply of strength, energy, smarts and support for each other.
All screenings are free and open to the public, but will require an RSVP. To RSVP, or for any questions or comments, please contact Shelley Figueroa by phone at (585) 258-0278 or by email at sfig...@wxxi.org.
Interesting comments made during our group discussion on Tuesday, August 17 to share:
Rachael Simmons, who made the film, was recently profiled in the "New York Times" for her "Girls Leadership Institute" camp. To read the story, click here.
A participant recommended the book "A Tribe Apart" for its insight into the world of teenagers, and how they turn to each other for support, rather than to adults. For more information about the book, click here.
People were really surprised by the phenomenon of girls fighting and asked if it has happened in Rochester. To read an interesting article from the Democrat & Chronicle by Brian Sharp from June 2008, click here.