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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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Jean Kilbourne ... Herself - Filmmaker - Killing Us Softly, Author and Senior Scholar Wellesley Centers for Women (as Jean Kilbourne EdD)
Jennifer Pozner ... Herself - Executive Director Women in Media & News, Author Reality Bites Back
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M. Gigi Durham ... Herself - Author The Lolita Effect, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa
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Gavin Newsom ... Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California, Former Mayor of San Francisco
Gloria Steinem ... Herself - Feminist Organizer and Writer, Co-Founder Women's Media Center
Jennifer Lawless ... Herself - Associate Professor of Government, Director Women in Politics Institute, American University
Cory Booker ... Himself - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Condoleezza Rice ... Herself - Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University


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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"Miss Reprensented" Just Misses
15 June 2015 | by davidbeattySee all my reviews

Let me state up front that I consider myself a strong and active supporter women although I refuse to label myself as a feminist since I think the true meaning of the label has been high-jacked and perverted by the self-proclaimed leaders of that movement. Rather, I prefer the label of "classical liberal" who is a staunch support of equal rights for women. And it for that reason I bother to write.

I just watched your documentary "Miss Representation". I was incredibly frustrated and saddened by what I saw was golden opportunity missed. Golden in that chalk full of "real gold" regarding women's rights/equality issues, but, sadly, it was also so salted with so much "fool's gold" (i.e. damaging hyperbole and clear political agenda) that most viewer will disregard it as just another rampantly and irreparably partisan diatribe. What a shame. The truly tragic part is it didn't have to be that way. In fact, if could have easily been otherwise.

You could have highlighted the treasure trove of gold (unflinching reality and "fair facts" regarding the issue) without the poison political pills you scattered among your extremely thought provoking points. Specifically you repeatedly leaned on the cliché rhetorical and political debate tools and polemics of the left. In so doing you, ironically, guaranteed that your documentary instantly alienates close to half the viewing public (non-liberals) who should be your target. Rather you are left preaching to the left, who are already your choir (i.e., modern "progressive", "liberals," old guard feminists).

The reason that I am so heart sick over this fact is that the documentary did such a spectacular job of defining the problem including the etymology of the problem... which I would broadly state as the male dominated history of the world and its current iteration as viewed through lens of modern media.

BUT THEN, it manages to eviscerates the power of that message by offering solutions... which were highly polarizing, politically... i.e, that the "solution" is yet more government, more legislation and more regulation... much of which will end up diminishing and dis-empowering the very women they were intended to benefit.

The problem this documentary so beautifully elucidates is TOO IMPORTANT to have half the entire population grab the clicker to turn it off when it starts hearing the same old tired polarizing vitriol from the same old warn out pundits – the very ones criticized in the same document.

Do you really believe that we need more regulation of the media, and free press, as several of your commentators suggest. Ironically the lines you up with the sensors on the right that want to dictate media content to THEIR moral standard.

What irked me the most was that this political pandering, was COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE. You had so many credible, unbiased, fair and accurate feminist commentators (of all political stripe) that could have made your powerful points without politicizing and polarizing the whole piece (alliteration not intended). You could have easily veered off in uncharted territory – even-hand and politically unbiased pursuit of the truth, but chose instead decided to take the path "most traveled" and politically worn, all on the left side of the road.

It's a shame you couldn't resist the pervading peer pressure to tow the liberal establishment line, literally and figuratively. Partisan pull is powerful.

Criticism of misogynistic men in their thought and deed is 100% valid, and critically necessary. Lumping all men into that monolith makes it part of the problem of sexism, not the solution.

I have a dream... that someday… men (and women) will be judged by the content of their character, and the gray matter a half an inch behind that "pretty face" (to paraphrase Dr. King). The greatest injustice man has ever perpetrated against itself during its entire history on this planet was to waste, minimalism, or at the very least underutilized HALF of the world's human resources.

What would the world be like today if we had twice as many genius, artists, exceptional leaders and policy makers... from the beginning of time – who also just happen to be women. The mind boggles. I wish that point was more clearly stated. But I think its' at least inferred, which is good… or even great, since its' so rarely pointed out.

I found myself agreeing with a surprising number of the opinions being expressed. You eloquently defined the true nature of the problem: the mangled misogyny so powerfully experienced and so compellingly articulated by a wide range of women in your documentary - many of whom courageously state that women themselves are as big a part of the problem as men. The discussion of the inherent power dynamic that operates to allow and encourage women to disenfranchise themselves was exactly on point. I just wished you had stated the obvious implication; that its women who innately have the power to instantly change virtually every aspect of their own status as "second class citizens" and virtually every other evil you illustrated – if only they self-actualized to true nature of the barrier that prevents them from doing so.

The lens I filter it through is not democrat or republican, not one of liberal lemmings who can speak the feminist mantra but don't know the meaning of the words, or the soul crushing conformist conservatives who want to dictate to women how they should live and love.

As I said, if I had to pick a label…it would be "classical liberal," ironic, I know, since modern "progressive liberals" are largely the antithesis of many of the true liberals that literally stand of liberty.

Regardless, thanks for your efforts, and I hope you at least consider some of these thoughts going forward in your work.

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