A few years ago I wrote a speech (with a lot of help) about the misrepresentation of women in the media, particularly politicians. The speech was about the different ways that the media scrutinized women as compared to men and the different types of coverage they got, and how that influenced the way we viewed them. The speech was pretty good, but it was just a start. Recently, my good friend, Maggie turned me on to a new movie that came out at the Sundance Festival called “Miss Representation.”
Check out the trailer here:
The film looks really cool! Here’s the gist of what it’s about. According to MissRepresentation, In one week American teenagers spend 31 hours watching TV, 17 hours listening to music, 3 hours watching movies, 4 hours reading magazines, 10 hours online. That’s 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day. That sounds like a lot, huh? But think about it- it’s totally true. The film is basically about understanding how much media we are taking in every day, what kind of impact it has on us and the ideas that are being put in our heads. Some of the ads are almost subliminal, and some of them are just outright sexist.
Miss Representation uncovers how American youth are being brainwashed to the idea that our power lies in our beauty and sexuality, something that needs to be nullified- immediately. What I really liked about this website was the inclusion of men. A lot of people stumble onto these and think that it’s a “women only” territory- but Miss Representation has several posts on how men can work on this project too, for the common good. It’s not just a man-bashing-girl-power website, it’s about equality.
Go to the website. It literally takes 20 seconds to pledge your voice (free) to speak up against this brainwashing. Just look around, it’s a pretty interesting website with lots of character and something for everyone to relate to.
The premier of “Miss Representation” is on Oprah’s network OWN, (typically I hate Oprah, but whatever) on Oct 20th at 9/8c. What’s the harm in watching?
My speech was pretty good, but this film and website takes it to the next level. Isn’t it cool when you see something you believe in come to fruition? I didn’t have the drive to take my mission any further but huge ups to these women for saying enough is enough and doing something about it.