Monday, February 20, 2012

Miss Representation

Have you ever watched a movie that made you want to yell/scream/punch something/change the world/write/call your congressman first-thing? Food Inc was one of those movies for me. And then last week I saw Miss Representation with my good friend Kara

This documentary is a fascinating look at how media treats women-celebrities, average women, politicians, CEOs. 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. We are constantly bombarded by messaging and consciously or subconsciously it affects what we think, do and say. I think this Women In Numbers infographic says a lot.

This film got me riled up. And I think it will have a similar effect on you.
  • Go see if Miss Representation is playing anywhere near you
  • Remember that our actions influence others. Mothers, aunts, sisters don’t downgrade or judge yourself by your looks. Fathers, uncles, brothers—treat women around you with respect. Remember children in your life are watching and learning from you.
  • Use your consumer power. Stop buying tabloid magazines and watching shows that degrade women. Go see movies that are written and directed by women (especially on opening weekend to boost the box office ratings). Avoid products that resort to sexism in their advertising.
  • Mentor! It’s as easy as taking a young woman to lunch. Start by having open and honest conversations with a young person in your life.

Have you seen Miss Representation ? Are you #NotBuyingIt?

1 comment:

  1. America the Beautiful 2 is a MUST-SEE!! BMI is bunk & diets don't work.