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Swimming Upstream: Girls' and Women's Resilience in a Toxic Culture

Education Professor Laura Choate discusses the toxic construction of femininity in popular culture.
When Mar 22, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where 135 French House
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Contact Phone 225-578-2479
Attendees Honors College students
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Professor of Counselor Education Laura Choate, Ed.D., LPC, will discuss her recent book, Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture. Her presentation, which is designed for college-age students, will investigate the construction of female identity in popular culture. More specifically, Professor Choate, who teaches in the College of Education, will discuss the "toxicity" of popular culture as it bombards girls and young women with a narrowly defined formula for success; at a very young age, a girl learns that her worth is based on her appearance, her ability to gain attention, and in accruing a long list of accomplishments. With such unattainable standards, it is no wonder that many of today's girls experience stress, self-doubt, and mental health problems as they reach adolescence and the college years. The presenter will discuss these concerning trends, the problems that can result, and will then present strategies for building resilience so that girls and women can successfully navigate contemporary cultural pressures.