A documentary about the image of woman in TV advertising and programming in two parts. The first part of the program deals with the happy homemaker. who is busy, cautious, satisfied, plagued by modern maladies, and an ideal consumer unit. The second part of the program considers the ideal beauty, wherein women are either portrayed as beautiful objects or gray-haired grandmothers. Contains several clips from actual television shows and commercials, as well as satirical vignettes produced for the program. Includes interviews with Angel Tompkins, actress and member of AFTRA's Women's Committee; Jerry Mander, author of the book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television; Becky Bailin, feminist media critic; Boots Jones, president of the Women's Coalition for Better Broadcasting; Rhoda Williams, actress, Western Region Chair of AFTRA's Women's Division; Eliza Ross, actress and audience developer for local theater; Nicholas Johnson, former FCC commissioner and author of How to Talk Back to Your Television (from a 1970 speech); and Janet Dodson reading from a report from the US Commission on Civil Rights. Produced by Susan Anderson of KPFK, with assistance from Angel Tompkins, Pearl Skotnes, Beverly Polakoff and Tim McGovern.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.