The portrayal of women in the media has interested / appalled me for as long as I can remember. Often, men are allowed to just be men, while women are plinkoed into “this or that” slots – bitch or bimbo, hot or busted, innocent or slutty, skinny or fat. And it’s not only reality shows and movies that perpetuate these standards, news programs get in on it, too. When’s the last time you heard a male murder suspect called “Foxy” or heard plastic surgery speculation about a male politician?
Now that women are actually getting famous for having sex tapes with D-List celebrities (Oh, hi Kim), Teen Moms and celebrity mistresses fill the pages of tabloid magazines and people watch the goings-on of Snooki on a weekly basis like it’s no big deal, the degradation of women in the media seems to have reached a fever pitch. That’s why I got so excited when I saw the trailer for Miss Representation. It’s a documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom featuring strong women who span political lines and career backgrounds getting together to explore and discuss this phenomenon. More importantly, the film and accompanying campaign strive to change the way women are portrayed in the media and hopefully, change the way women are perceived in the world in general. In the words of Marian Wright Edelman, “You can’t be what you can’t see.”
I’ll stop talking and let you watch the trailer yourself:
Miss Representation will air on OWN (that’s channel 115 or 682 for fellow Time Warner Brooklynites) Thursday 10/20 at 9 p.m. If it’s not showing in your area, sign up to attend or host a screening. And don’t forget to take the pledge!