The subject of gender and how it is perceived is a topic covered by a season of programmes on both BBC and Channel 4 recently. Some of these would be of obvious use in gender theory studies for Sociology or Psychology and could also be of use in PSHE.
Currently being broadcast on BBC3, the Breaking The Mould season is a collection of 12 powerful and thought provoking documentaries challenging perceptions of gender. This ranges from a film by rapper Professor Green on male suicide to Charli XCX’s documentary about feminism in the music industry. Details of all the programmes will be highlighted on our twitter feed @ERAresources over the coming weeks as soon as they are available. In the meantime here are some details of recently broadcast or upcoming programmes in the season:
Saving The Cybersex Girls available now on BBCiPlayer
Stacey Dooley travels to the Philippines, learning how poverty combined with cheap internet access has led to an increasing number of girls being exposed to online sexual abuse.
The World’s Worst Place to be a Woman, BBC3 26 October 9pm
Stacey Dooley travels to Honduras, known as the murder capital of the world to investigate why some young women today live in such dangerous, desperate and degrading conditions. Violence against women is so common in Honduras that it has a special name – femicide. The programme looks at whether anything is being done to deal with this situation.
Professor Green: Suicide and Me, 27 October BBC3 9pm
While exploring the circumstances surrounding his own father’s suicide, Professor Green also investigates why suicide is the biggest killer of British males under 45.
Not part of this BBC3 season but on the same topic, the BBC Radio 4 series “Analysis” features a number of programmes exploring Gender and identity. These can be accessed through the BBC website at
and includes programmes such as:
First aired in 2013, Jo Fidgen explores the underlying ideas which cause so much tension between radical feminists and transgender campaigners, and discovers why recent changes in the law and advances in science are fuelling debate.
Why have British attitudes towards homosexuality changed so far and so fast? Less than 50 years ago, sex between men was a criminal act. Now they can marry. It’s not just the law that has changed: we have. Surveys suggest that public opinion about homosexuality has undergone a dramatic shift over the same period. Jo Fidgen asks what drives this kind of change in collective attitudes.
A season of programmes looking at stories of a diverse group of transgender people, including children, has recently been shown on Channel 4.
These can been found on the Channel 4 website along with a selection of clips. Programmes include:
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Two British families navigate the challenges of a child born in the wrong gender
Three young Brits go through extraordinary transformations to fulfill dreams of becoming men
Exclusive access to a controversial American camp for transgender adolescents and their parents
The Sex Change Spitfire Ace C4 24 September 8pm
This Secret History documentary tells the story of Britains first 2 transsexuals who began their new lives just after the end of the Second World War.