Miss Representation: What It Is And Why I Think It’s Great

Why Miss Representation is important I recently watched this incredibly eye-opening documentary. I want to say “amazing” or “fantastic” or “brilliant”—but those words don’t quite describe it. Miss Representation is not meant for our entertainment. Instead, it’s meant to make us aware of something that our society has falsely begun to take for granted—and if you’re a woman, it’s actually quite frustrating. You see, Miss Representation is about how women and girls are represented in the media in the good ol’ (boys’) U.S. of A.

Although I’ve naturally always considered myself an equal human being to any male relative, friend or business associate, I don’t consider myself a militant feminist. I’m just me. I’m just as valid as any other member of the human race. But I’ve noticed lately, and so has Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the writer and director of Miss Representation, that we women have really lost some ground since the 70s. It’s been a slow and steady decline, but a stark spotlight is now illuminating the sad state of how we are viewed—and even more upsetting, how we view ourselves. Intrigued? Here’s a portion of the film’s synopsis from the Miss Representation website:

“…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.”

If you see no other movie or documentary this year, see this one. I’m saying this to men and women alike. Men, you should see the world your daughters are coming into, and trust me, you don’t want that for them if you have any integrity. Women, I ask you to watch this, if not for our own sakes, then for our daughters AND sons. The current view of women is a learned viewpoint. Let’s teach them something different.

To Jennifer Siebel Newsom I say: You are amazing, fantastic and brilliant for making this film. Thank you!

Image via Miss Representation

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