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Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 April 2014 (Netherlands)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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Jacoba Atlas (consulting writer), Jessica Congdon | 3 more credits »
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom ... Self
Jean Kilbourne ... Self - Filmmaker, 'Killing Us Softly', Author and Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women (as Jean Kilbourne EdD)
Jim Steyer ... Self - CEO, Common Sense Media, Lawyer & Professor of Civil Rights, Stanford University
Katie Couric ... Self - Anchor, CBS Evening News
Margaret Cho ... Self - Comedienne, Actor & Activist
M. Gigi Durham ... Self - Author 'The Lolita Effect', Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa
Jennifer Pozner ... Self - Executive Director Women in Media & News, Author Reality Bites Back
Caroline Heldman ... Self - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College (as Caroline Heldman PhD)
Pat Mitchell ... Self - President & CEO, Paley Center for Media, Former President & CEO of PBS
Gavin Newsom ... Self - Lieutenant Governor, California, Former Mayor of San Francisco
Gloria Steinem ... Self - Feminist Organizer & Writer, Co-Founder Women's Media Center
Jennifer Lawless ... Self - Associate Professor of Government, Director, Women & Politics Institute, American University
Cory Booker ... Self - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Condoleezza Rice ... Self - Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University
Dolores Huerta ... Self - Activist & Co-Founder, United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta Foundation
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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You can't be what you can't see.

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Herself - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College: Women who are high self-objectifiers have lower political efficacy. Political efficacy is the idea that your voice matters in politics and that you can bring about change in politics. So if we have a whole generation of young people being raised where women's objectification is just par for the course, it's normal, it's okay, we have a whole generation of women who are less likely to run for office and less likely to vote.
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I Want It All
Written by Jules Larson and Rich Jacques
Performed by Jules Larson
Courtesy of Flying Trapeze Records
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Honest, but could be understood under several lenses
30 November 2014 | by makhrinskydSee all my reviews

While I agree that there is a huge disparity between the way that men and women are represented in the media, I believe that this documentary raises the right concerns without attempting to find a resolution. The resolution is not easy, and will not happen overnight but there should be more that women, and young women can do to improve depictions of themselves in mass media. On the other hand, this video places high stress on shattering media's depiction of beauty, while presenting women who are very obviously wearing a large amount of make up and are all on the thinner side of the body spectrum. I am not insisting that the women featured in this documentary should be bare faced or at an unhealthy size, but I do think that there should be a larger variety of women represented in the film because in this way they are still conforming to ideals that they themselves are attempting to break from.

From an educational perspective, it is important for young women aged 12+ to watch this film and understand that they have the power to change the portrayal of their gender in the media from "Politician Barbie" to politician by challenging criticism and taking it in stride. I am hoping to see a second part to this documentary in the coming years, perhaps with more testimonials from young women and media figures.


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