Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayals of women in media. Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America’s most influential thought leaders in politics, news, entertainment, and academia, including Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Lisa Ling, Marissa Mayer, Cory Booker, Jean Kilbourne, and Jackson Katz, to give us an inside look at the media’s messaging.
As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces of communication in our culture, mainstream media is educating yet another generation that a woman’s primary value lies in her youth, beauty and sexuality—not in her capacity as a leader. Miss Representation premieres Saturday January 22 in the documentary competition at Sundance Film Festival and then travels to the Athena Film Festival in New York City February 12.
Personally I feel we could do better, but also that women are not the only population sub-group that is misrepresented in the media. This reminds me of the “Bring your Daughter to Work” days that made me ask, what about any child—why do we make this a gender thang. It also reminds me of a time when I was rejected by a feminist organization that I applied to contribute to because I was a male. That was in the the 70s and me thinks times are a changing, albeit too slowly for many.