If you have cable, you simply must watch the phenomenal documentary Miss Representation, airing TOMORROW night, 10/20 at 9pm EST on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
I had the privilege to see it at the Athena Film Festival in NYC earlier this year. “The film explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.” An eye-opening look at the power of the media and the toxic messages it too often sends to women and girls.
With numerous celebs (Margaret Cho, Geena Davis, Rosario Dawson), journalists (Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, Rachel Maddow), politicians (Condoleezza Rice, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi) and activists (Dolores Huerta, Jenn Pozner, Gloria Steinem) participating, it’s a labor of love written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Miss Representation will forever change the way you view films, TV shows, advertisements and the news.
Challenging sexist stereotypes, warped beauty standards and misogynistic imagery, the film critiques the incessant importance placed on women’s appearances over their merit and intellect, reducing them to sex objects. Women and their perspectives are missing from too many narratives. Glaring gender disparities loom in wages, CEOs in Fortune 500 and political representation. Media’s demeaning messages attempt to strip women of their power. Miss Representation reminds women they are more empowered than they realize.