About Truth in Reality
The mission of Truth in Reality is to change the way women of color and violence are portrayed in the media, especially on reality television. Through digital advocacy, public awareness campaigns and educational programs we aim to change society’s acceptance of gender-based violence and ultimately reduce its incidence in the Black community.
We are not anti-reality shows. We're against the unilaterally negative and stereotypical portrayal of Black women in all forms of media.
Research has shown that media stereotypes based upon race, gender, religion, or ethnic background have a negative effect on our society. It is also known that there is a causal relation between media consumption and behavior. Many of the most popular reality shows on television promote violence as an acceptable way to handle conflict. They also cause viewers to internalize negative perceptions of women of color while simultaneously reinforcing cultural acceptance of their abuse.
Black women suffer from the highest rates of domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner homicide and HIV infections in the United States. Truth in Reality is not implying that reality shows have created these issues however certain types of unscripted television shows normalize interpersonal behaviors that do contribute to the overrepresentation of Black women in these areas.
It is for these reasons that Truth in Reality seeks to challenge the harmful messaging and behaviors promoted on violent reality shows featuring predominately Black female casts through the Redefining HERstory Movement. Through our efforts we aim to help create a world where women of color are no longer denigrated and exploited in the media for "entertainment" purposes and profit, one in which there are more balanced and accurate depictions that encompass the totality of our diverse experiences.
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