Miss Representation

Miss Representation

Streaming Video - 2012
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Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (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.
Publisher: [United States] : Virgil Films and Entertainment : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 90 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: Missrepresentation

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firefly5
Jan 06, 2018

Boring!

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nordicleather
Nov 07, 2017

A true reflection of the crap women have to put up with from the media. Re: Unattainable standards of beauty, Suzy homemaker, etc. A production from Oprah at her usual high standard. Depending on your opinion on the status of women, you may or may not like the DVD.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Apr 19, 2015

Difficult as it may be to accept, nearly fifty years after the start of the modern women's movement, the media still bombards us with highly constricted and stereotyped images of women. It's still all about men = power, women = sex. A number of very intelligent people are featured discussing the media's objectification of women. Show this to your daughters!

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angel_heart
Apr 18, 2015

Most of the women in power they showed as representatives of women were corrupt and evil politically. However a good documentary to show kids who are growing up with parents who encourage sexuality.

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route666
Mar 17, 2014

It did NOT tell me only what i already know. It is chock full of facts. I want to watch it again and again.

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Beki
Dec 10, 2013

Loved it!!! It didn't show or teach me anything I didn't already know, but it put it all together in one movie which will be great to watch with my son and daughter!

kevfarley Oct 24, 2013

Defines a problem, but without much real insight nor solution. "Aren't male values awful",.. rather than the raw truth that "sex SELLS" ...and what that portends in our consumer society. And the idea that more women CEOs on the Boards of media corporations will 'fix it'...?? I don't think so. We live in a ratings driven world.

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ricepaperlantern
Jun 12, 2013

A middle-age father of a 20-something daughter this film
stoked a feminist fire I'd near
lost hope of for her. Decades
of sampling from a collection
incl. works from 'second Sex'
'Sexual Politics',& 'Our Blood'
thru 'Backlash' &'War Against
Women' to 'Beauty Myth''Fire
With Fire' & 'Full Frontal Fem'
hadn't moved her from a 'what
use is feminism to me?' inertia.

'Miss Representation' changed
that. I saw real anger,disgust &
indignation on her lovely face -
and returning to Alice Walker's
opening line she nodded firmly
"I get it now."

Thank you to all these awesome women & girls (plus men & boys).

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ottawabooknerd
Mar 22, 2013

Too much name dropping at the beginning of the documentary (Oprah, Rosie, some B-list actress, etc).

LaughingOne Jan 21, 2013

I grew up with the second wave of feminism; there was nothing new for me in this film. It was unrelenting in the displays of all that is negative about media cover of women. I am less interested in looking at all the bad stuff. I am more interested in moving forward, and wanted to see more examples and ideas of how we can do that.

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HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

“Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as a man to be thought of as half as good. Luckily that is not too difficult.”

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

“86% of the purchasing power in the country is in the pockets of women. Let’s use it! Let’s not use it to support that tabloid magazine. A consumer’s voice is the most powerful voice we have other than the vote.”

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

“Turning a human being into a thing is the first step toward justifying violence against that person.” 1 in 4 women have experienced dating violence or domestic abuse. 1 in 6 women have been victims of rape. “This is not a just a moral issue this is a child safety issue.”

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JCLDianeH Jul 14, 2013

Sexual Content: sexual images

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