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Breaking Gender Stereotypes by using Media Tools: Gender Collage Game

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to analysis and discuss role of media in creating gender stereotypes, role and positions of woman and man in different societies around Europe, expectations connected with roles of man and woman as other aspects connected with media and gender for example body image.

Description of the tool

First step in the activity is to explain the difference between sex and gender role that all participants are familiar with these terms. The next step is to divide the participants according to sex to the two groups (men group and women group). In the case that there is more than 8 – 10 participants per group additional groups can be created. It means that there can be two men groups, two women groups. After dividing the participants the activity is introduced. The participants are asked to create man and woman by using different men and women magazines (men group is created woman and women group is created men). It is important to stress that they need to work just with the materials that are providing, it means photos and sentences in the magazines. They cannot use their own opinions or other additional materials.
At the moment when collages are ready both groups are asked to present their work and explain why these photos/sentences/words were used in collage. Moreover following questions can be asked in discussion: “Do agree with the picture of men/women which is presented?” “Do you see yourself as men/women that are presented?” “Why do you think media are using these photos/words?” “What’s this collage saying about man and woman role’s in society”?
The point of discussion is to encourage the participants discuss the “pictures” of men and women that are presented in men and women magazines, to see which kind of stereotypes these media are using (men is macho, women is submissive).


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Tool overview

This tool is for

any person with interest in media and gender, youth workers and leaders, young people, project managers. Number of Participants per group 8 to 10. Bigger groups can be divided in smaller sub-groups.

and addresses

Intercultural Learning, Personal Development, Gender issues

It is recommended for use in:

Action 3.1 (Cooperation with the Neighbouring Partner Countries)

Materials needed:

One flip chart paper per group. Scissors, glues for paper,markers, women’s and men’s magazine. All activity depends on types of magazine that will be chosen. According the experiences for following discussion it is good to bring following types of magazine: Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Joy, Elle, Esquire, Maxim, Men’s Health and/or similar national mutation. Preferable language of the magazines is English, or languages of the participant’s countries.


All session 60 minutes. Explanation difference between sex and gender 10 minutes; creating collage 15 to 20 minutes (depends on number of participants); following discussion up to 30 minutes.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Ilona Olehlova

in the context of

media training

The tool has been experimented in

international training courses

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Ilona Olehlova (on 31 July 2010)

and last modified

31 July 2010

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