Early last week, I came across a documentary called Miss Representation, which I thought would be worth sharing with you all. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. It exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. The video is a part of a call-to-action campaign to empower women and girls to challenge limiting labels in order to realize their potential (more information can be found at MissRepresentation.org). The film is not accessible for viewing, but I’ve come across a TED talk from Jennifer Siebel Newson, the director. While the video is a little lengthy, I cannot express how worthwhile it is to check it out! The gender norms in our society are so normalized in all of us we are desensatized to their message. Media is the most powerful cultural messenger, and right now the marketplace only emphasizes a culture that devalues our women and girls and expands the opportunities for boys and men. The TED Talk is attached below if you’re interested in checking it out!
Hope everyone has a great week!