3: The media & celebrities


This lesson focuses on how different sexes are portrayed in the media, as well as the impact of celebrity culture on how people perceive themselves and others.

We dig into the fact that the images people see on social media and in adverts are usually doctored and include examples featuring celebrities like Natalie Portman and Beyonce.

In another slide and discussion we ask: do we do enough to celebrate real beauty? Combined with the previous lesson, the idea is to get learners to think critically about what they see.

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The media & celebrities

Included in this lesson:

  • Teacher’s notes (13pgs)
  • Powerpoint presentation (17pgs)

Examples of presentation slides in Part 3

Approx. 45 minutes



resourcesWhiteboard, Post-it notes, internet connection, audio/visual, related worksheets



Overview: This is the second part of an exploration into how different sexes are portrayed in the media, the impact of celebrity culture and how images shared via social media can quickly spread. This part encourages learners to reflect on what they see online and how it affects their view of their own, and other people’s, bodies. It explores the dynamic of males and females, how they are portrayed differently and how the male and female form is used to sell products. It also looks at the issue of doctoring and changing images online so that they are “more perfect”.



  • Understand how the different sexes are portrayed in the media (online)
  • Debate and discuss how men and women are treated differently
  • Recognise that the portrayal of both sexes in the media might not be representative of real life
  • Understand images and pictures can be changed to portray what we deem as perfection



  • Students have a better understanding of how body image is portrayed online
  • Recognise how it might make them feel
  • They can feel ok about their own body


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