So thank you so much to The Photographers Studio for providing Adamant Eve with media passes for Sunday’s (feb5) screening of Miss Representation.
The movie addresses the representation of women in the media and how this reflects of women and girl’s self esteem and their ability to take part in decision making and be represented in leadership positions.
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
Here’s the official trailer:
The film was amazing and I recommend everyone see it!!
If I had any critique, I would’ve liked to see the documentarian address more issues directly affecting racialized women, differently-abled women, trans-identified individuals and delve deeper into examining how society equates “thin” or “skinny” with healthy, and thereby marginalizes women with other body types. She touched briefly on a few of these topics but didn’t make any stirring conclusions. However the overall film was powerful, educational and very well done. It’s very eye-opening to the status of women in government in North America (primarily the US).
Host screenings, sign the pledge, and learn how you can be actively involved with large scale social change to see more women in the decision making processes around us at http://www.missrepresentation.org/.