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SAVANNAH, GA – May 13, 2019 – Asbury Memorial Church is slated to host a screening of the documentary “Killing Us Softly IV” and subsequent panel discussion from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the church, 1008 E. Henry St. This event will be hosted by Asbury Memorial’s Church & Society Committee, who recently presented “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story.” May’s screening and panel discussion will be the second in this new series of thought-provoking events.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Asbury Memorial’s Director of Children and Family Ministries Ruthie Duran Deffley, LCSW. Panelists will include:

  • Madeleine Shaver, LCSW – psychotherapist and owner of Low Country Counseling
  • Chef Amber Marie – personal chef and owner of Clean Cuisine
  • Jane Rago, Ph.D. – Director of Gender and Women Studies, Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus

“Killing Us Softly IV” is the newest edition (released in 2010) of Jean Kilbourne’s influential and award-winning series portraying how the advertising industry continues to reinforce, and glamorize, a regressive and debased notion of feminity. Using a wide range of contemporary print and television ads, Kilbourne depicts a misogynistic fantasy world of undernourished, oversexed, and objectified women, and examines these images against the real-world backdrop of eating disorders, men’s violence against women, and the political backlash against feminism.

“Kilbourne’s argument that superficial, objectifying and unreal portrayal of women in advertising lowers women’s self-esteem is extremely relevant in today’s world,” said Deffley. “We look forward to our community coming together as we recognize this important topic and we are grateful to our wonderful panelists for joining us.”

Asbury Memorial Church is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-embracing congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all.

Suggested donations of $5 will be accepted at this event, with all proceeds benefiting HUGS (Heads-Up Guidance Services), a local nonprofit that makes mental health counseling services and addiction recovery services available and affordable to all that are in need.

For more information about this documentary screening and panel discussion, please call 912-233-4351, or email Ruthie Duran Deffley at To learn more about Asbury Memorial Church, please visit

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