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The Dictatorship of the Perfect Body: Italian Women in the Media.



The Dictatorship of the Perfect Body: Italian Women in the Media.

The Dictatorship of the Perfect Body: Italian Women in the Media.

A lecture by Lorella Zanardo


Watched by millions of people, the scathing documentary “Women's Bodies” denounces the pervasive, manipulative exploitation of women’s bodies on Italian television and on the Web. In Zanardo’s words “It all started with the observation that women -real women - are an endangered species on television, one that is being replaced by a widespread grotesque, vulgar and humiliating representation”. Reflecting on Italian women’s collective image in the media, Zanardo challenges a dominant model of femininity that damages Italian women’s identity. Her current project, the Media Education Program “New Eyes For The Media”, aims at raising awareness among students and teachers, of gender stereotypes and sexist language in the media.

While in Chicago, Lorella Zanardo will present the following lecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the University Hall 1501, 601 S Morgan Street, at 1pm on October 9th: "The Dictatorship of the Perfect Body: Italian Women in the Media." This lecture is co-presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago.

Italian writer and journalist Lorella Zanardo is a Member of the Study Commission "Internet Bill of Rights"at the Italian Parliament. She is a writer, activist and blogger.

She is the author of the documentary "Il Corpo delle Donne (Women’s Bodies)", about the exploitation of women in the media: a blockbuster on internet watched by 12 million people.

Organizational consultant, educator and professor. She is the author of a blogsite and a school program on Media Education having the purpose of arising awareness about the power and influence of the media. Thousand of students have attended “New Eyes for the Media”. The TIAW World of Difference Award recognized her as one of the amazing individuals whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women in her country. The Daily Beast considers Zanardo one among 150 fearless women in the world as she “ led a call for change against Italy’s notoriously sexist TV programming.” She has served in important managerial roles. She was a consultant and a professor in Eastern countries.

She holds an MBA from Bocconi University and a degree in English and German literature. She served as European brand manager for Unilever in Milan and marketing director for Gruppo Mondadori in Paris. In addition, she has been a theatre and cinema actress. The mother of two children, she now runs her own consultancy business and lectures around the world, paying particular attention to feminist issues.

RSPV here.


Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago