August 15, 2014 by gabnormal
If you have yet to see the documentary Miss Representation (2011), run to your nearest Netflix and watch it right now.
I’ve been meaning to watch it forever and now that I have I can’t believe it took me so long to see it.
The Jennifer Siebel Newsom film tracks the amount of time teens spend on the internet, watching TV and doing other things, finding that 10 or more hours are spent online each week. That’s ten hours every seven days of a good deal of hypersexualized, violent and biased content. While not all content falls into those categories, most of it does, and what doesn’t is usually surrounded by advertisements that are.
The film accompanies The Representation Project, “a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change.”
Miss Representation provides us with the usual facts and stats that young girls and boys stay pretty much the same when it comes to interests in sports and science, as well as their levels of ambition. This is until they hit puberty, when girls aspirations plummet, and their self-esteem goes with them.
Don’t think the film is anything typical though. It highlights the fact that sexism hurts men too, preventing them from finding emotional stability and thrusting them into a culture that expect them to by hyper-masculine, and thereby more violent and unfeeling. Remember, boys don’t cry.
What makes Miss Representation different from other docs on the issues of sexism in America is it’s final message, which many don’t get. you have a voice, so use it. Many people think that if they don’t have a vast reach or are of a high public stature that they are powerless. This is the farthest thing from the truth and with the power of social media and the internet, it’s easier than ever to make your voice heard.
Watch the film, get angry, and make a difference.