Projecting Change: Miss Representation is a long-overdue punch to the gut

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      If you believe that women are equal and there are no more battles to be fought in the name of feminism, Miss Representation is a long-overdue punch to the gut. Framed as a narrative to her young daughter, filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom takes a hard look at how the American media portray women. Spoiler alert: it ain't pretty.

      From hypersexualized Disney princesses and cleavage-baring TV reporters to how language is used to frame powerful women, this is a deeply personal and compelling examination of how dehumanized women have become within western culture. Beginning with the idea that there is a severe lack of positive female role models in our culture, Newsom covers everything from eating disorders and cosmetic surgery to the oversexualization and degradation of women in general.

      Interviewees include Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Lisa Ling, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, and Jackson Katz, who ruminate about sexual violence, language, power struggles, and the acceptance of women within popular culture and politics. Newsom also digs into the history of women in 20th-century culture and beyond, from the redomestication campaigns of the 1950s to the role of relaxed FCC standards in the '70s and '80s to the near-cartoonish portrayals of women currently saturating the media.

      The statistics will make you gasp (did you know 15 percent of sexual assault victims are under 12 years of age?) and the heartbreaking voice-overs will elicit tears. All in all, Miss Representation is an excellent overview of this under-the-radar epidemic perpetuated by the mainstream media.

      Miss Representation screens April 19 at 1 p.m. and April 21 at 4 p.m. at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts as part of the Projecting Change Film Festival.


      Watch the trailer for Miss Representation.


      For more outrage about the world in general, follow Miranda Nelson on Twitter at @charenton_.

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      projecting change

      Apr 17, 2012 at 3:12pm

      TIME Magazine, March 26, 2012 issue "The Richer Sex - The New American Pocketbook. Within A Generation, A Majority of Working Wives Will Outearn their Husbands`` http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20120326,00.html

      "As jobs are moved to the low and high ends of the socieconomic spectrum, it is women who are better equipped for the higher ground: women today make up to 60% of US college students and earn the majority of doctorates and master's degrees. Some experts predict that in 25 years, law and medicine will be female-dominated professions."

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      projecting change

      Apr 17, 2012 at 3:47pm

      TIME Magazine, March 26, 2012 issue "The Richer Sex - The New American Pocketbook. Within A Generation, A Majority of Working Wives Will Outearn their Husbands"

      "In the face of women's rising power and changing expectations, many men experience an existential crisis. When the woman takes on the role of primary breadwinner, it takes away an essential part of many men's identity; that of the provider, the role he was trained, tailored and told to do since he could walk and talk. His heroes are likely all successful in this area. it often excuses whatever he may lack in EQ, for failing to engage in long meaningful conversations or spend more time with the kids. He is too busy killing it at work. So when you take that away, men have nowhere to turn for guidance. There's no map through that wilderness."

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      Apr 17, 2012 at 5:13pm

      Jane Fonda says *media creates consciousness and if what gets put out there is determined by men, we`re not going to make any progress*

      I wonder what she thinks about the FEMALE media anchors who put out there comments about Hillary looking 92 years old ...and the question about Sarah Palin having breast implants at the beginning of the trailer?

      I`m also interested in knowing what she thinks about the actresses and producers of The Real Housewives of Vancouver series in regards to the progress women have made with empowerment in North America
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      *the media can be an instrument of change - it can awaken people and change minds. It depends on whose piloting the plane* Katie Couric

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      Taxpayers R Us

      Apr 17, 2012 at 10:20pm

      Tinfoil hats anyone? :)

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