Intercultural Extraneity

Project Pitch- Milena's Topic- It's a man's world

What is the purpose of the visual presentation?
The purpose of this presentation is to further expose and highlight how deeply embedded and persistent gender stereotypes are in our consciousness and our cultures, with regards to language processing, assuming and decoding context, along with the far-reaching and subtle effects this has on our lives (namely, choice of career).

What is the hook (how are you going to get people interested)?
Stereotyping and gender inequality are some of the most controversial topics nowadays, therefore we are partly relying on their presence and relevance on the Internet to catch the viewers’ attention. However, by using interviews of our peers and narrated statistics from both US and Serbia we hope to not only catch their attention, but also make them wonder what their role is in spreading/ fighting inequality.

How is it timely/relevant?
It is of utmost relevance to get to the core of this issue because it had been present for many years and it will be as well, if we do not spread awareness about it.

Who is the audience?
We expect our audience to be broad. Starting from our professors, American colleagues and peers. Since we think that the youth is more aware of this phenomenon, we believe that our audience will consist of young people, mostly. People who read media and surf the Internet, use social networks and still might not realize how important of a problem this is, but are interested in the topic. Women who might fear because their dream is to work in a predominantly male field and vice versa. . That is why we want to change their opinions by engaging them in our little experiment. In that way, while watching they can become our interviewees as well.

What is it about?
Our video will be about the differences between male and female jobs. How certain jobs are seen as more feminine, while others as more masculine. We will try to investigate whether this assumption is true or not.

What is the storyline?
Introduction: the most interesting reaction scenes cut from the interviews with American and Serbian students (the format of these interviews will be explained in detail in the following paragraph).

Scene I (video interview)
An interviewee is sitting in a chair with a paper in his/her hands. He/ She reads it and is asked to paraphrase what happened in the text he read. The text is shown on the screen so that the audience can read it too. The text will be given to the interviewees right before the interview because the whole purpose of it is to catch their initial reactions and thoughts without thinking too much about the topic. If the interviewee has troubles with paraphrasing, and cannot solve the riddle the interviewer gives him/her the guidelines which will be provided. The interviewer is behind the camera. Our interviewees will be our Serbian peers (3 or 4 of them) and our American peers for whose consent we asked for and expect to get it. If not, since it is of utmost importance to get insight into 2 different cultures and the way they perceive male and female jobs, our native friends will step up.
Scene II (video interview)
The other interviewees do the same, only in this scene the interviewees do not read the text out loud, but we will see all of their reactions to the same text from the scene I.
Scene III
The interviewees will be asked various questions regarding the topic. Since the video is going to be 3 minutes long, some of these questions could be left out, depending on the length of the previous scenes.

Do you consider certain jobs to be feminine/ masculine?
Did this idea of feminine/ masculine job have any influence in choosing your major?
Do you think this is an issue that should be addressed?
What do you think how many percent of women work in the army both in Serbia and the USA?
How many percent of women work in the field of medicine in Serbia and the USA?
Conclusion: Slides with statistic texts about the topic with the background music.
Text: In the USA in 2015 there were 19% of women officers in the army
In Serbia in 2018 women made 20,53% of the military, but only 8% of them had higher ranks
36% of doctors are women in the USA according to 2019 data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In Serbia in 2017 more than one-third of doctors were women
Women are present in all fields, but are they equal?


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