Mis(s) Representation?

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

As a woman, I spend a lot of time thinking about media representations of women. Most of the time, I am sorely disappointed by what I see- young girls being hypersexualized, women’s bodies used in violent and objectified ways in order to sell products that have nothing to do with them, news pundits reporting on what women politicians are wearing instead of what they are saying.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new film Miss Representation looks like it will be a promising investigation of these media images that I find so degrading and often times, offensive. It features interviews with women like Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Dianne Feinstein, Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, and many, many more. According to the film’s website,  “Miss Representation explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that women’s primary value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality—not in their capacity as leaders.” Sounds like something worth checking out! What about you, would you be interested in seeing the film? What do you think Georgia Tech women would have to say about this?

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