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Sarah Projansky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770214

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770214.001.0001

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“Sometimes I Say Cuss Words in My Head”

“Sometimes I Say Cuss Words in My Head”

The Complexity of Third-Grade Media Analysis

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Spectacular Girls

Sarah Projansky

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes a third-grade public school classroom. Moral panic discourse asserts that media damages girls; media literacy scholarship argues that girls and boys need skills to make sense of and resist media; and after-school and empowerment programs maintain that producing media is good for girls. All of these assumptions partly subscribe to the Ophelia Thesis assumption that girls are vulnerable, that the media exploits that vulnerability, and that protective structures must be built around girls. The chapter then turns to the idea of the thinking girl and identifies four ways in which girls (and boys) engage with media analytically: they focus on minute details; they ask endless questions; they reflect on media structures through creative production; and they pay a great deal of attention to the cultural production of gender.

Keywords:   third-grade classroom, media analysis, media literacy, Ophelia Thesis, thinking girl, media structures, gender

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