Miss Representation

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

In the documentary Miss Representation,  Jennifer Newsom exposes the bold reality of western culture and our continuous idea that a woman’s ability to hold positions of power and influence in society is being overlooked by her sexuality and beauty.

The movie challenges how mainstream media’s sexism plays a pivotal role in a woman’s ability to attain a leadership role in a society where the media is the most convincing force shaping norms.

The message is clear, a woman’s power lies in her youth, physical attractiveness, her sexuality, and not in her capability as a front-runner.

Over the past 20-years, women in the United States have come a long way, but America is still ranked 90th in the world for women in national legislatures. There is currently only about three percent of women in the mainstream media that are in powerful positions, while a staggering 3 out 4 American women and young girls have eating disorders.

Watch as this documentary builds momentum with an array of inspirational stories and interviews with leading academics, journalists, entertainers, and activists.

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  1. This was amazing. It was powerful, incredibly well put together and the message was beautifully. It did a great job of showing us a problem and not finger pointing to everyone else but allowing us to accept responsibility. And also allowing us to accept the responsibility to change it. I would highly recommend this movie to young girls and women as well as young boys and men who are trying to make sense of the dissimilarities between what they are told the world should be like and the way it actually is.

  2. Incredibly moving and powerful. It really enlightens people to how our media really works in our everyday lives and how we all play into it. Very sad, but also encouraging for young women (and men) to take a stand.

  3. I get the point, Women are seen as either sexy or bitchy. I believe in a middle-ground of Not trying to hard too fight the stereotypes, but not conforming to them. Women and Men, Boys and Girls of America need to just keep on doing what they are doing, and not worrying about being OPPOSITE or CONFORMING.

    1. Well actually boys are beginning to kill classmates, and men have always been raping women worldwide en masse. So no they do not need to keep on doing as they are doing.

  4. I appreciate the message in this doc that women need to support each other in this movement toward female as leader. Only in the west, it seems, she is not seen as having leadership qualities. Another comment I really liked was that sixty-seven other countries have had female leadership…. the U.S. is not one of them… and neither is Canada, I might add. I feel this is, or will soon, change. I have long known the patriarchy fully intended to cut the female from the supporting of one another, as it knew full well how we, at one time, empowered each other by way of the supporting of each other. Media now has done the deplorable deed of finishing off the patriarchal agenda, the good old boy agenda… how very sad. Only women can change this, I believe, and as exampled in this doc. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, thank you for this documentary, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Courie, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, Gloria Steinem, Oprah and Rosie O’Donnell, as well as the women interviewed, my personal mentors while I was a TV watcher, not such a little while ago… an empowering documentary and gift as a significant leap to what we can do to empower our selves… thank you!

      1. for a couple of weeks; hardly enough time to cause any damage to the forever and long-standing patriarchal, male hierarchical system. Kim Campbell was left ‘holding the fort’ for as soon as the next male was elected to take her place. quote>”When Brian Mulroney stepped down as prime minister in 1993, the Conservative party chose Campbell as his successor less than a year before the next federal election. Campbell then served as prime minister from June 25 to November 4, 1993. Although Campbell’s approval soared during her time as prime minister, she lost the election to Liberal leader Jean Chrétien on October 25 1993, in large part due to the Canadian public’s dissatisfaction with the Conservative party that had skyrocketed during the Mulroney era…” < end quote (from ubyssey dot ca)
        Go figure.

  5. Miss Representation left me with the sinking feeling of total failure. I realized that in my lifetime (i am 60 yrs old) women made no progress. Someone in the documentary said, if we go forward at the speed we have been going, it will take Women 500 years(!!!) to get where Men are. How depressing is that!

    1. I know exactly what you mean. Im 52 this year and I feel like I have let my daughter and every other young women in my life down.

    2. I totally agree. I am only twenty and it left me fearful of what I will someday bring my kids into. It also left me feeling empowered though because I believe that change can be made and this movie helps emphasize that. It’s time for us, women, to be the change we wish to see in the world.

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  7. These women make great points but it is very bias as most documentaries have to be. I turned it off when it was showing Angelina Jolie pregnant and stating that women are only valuable to men while they are sexually active and able to bare children. The double standards in our feminist driven society is absurd. A women on the other hand, will only be interested in a man or opportunity for the duration of time that it benefits her. All future promises made together of life plans will become null and void if he could not provide for her. Men are shamed into organizing their life around providing and protecting women at any cost. If a man doesn’t fulfill is society conditioned role, he is seen as selfish or not a “real man”. It wouldn’t be right to hold a woman 100% responsible for putting our basic needs before them but it is the expectation for men to be 100% for women in their lives. There are hundreds of examples in the media of men valuing intelligence and character among other traits over beauty and sex but the documentary neglected any balanced examples.

    1. Too bad you turned it off mid-way through, you would have seen that the way men are pressured in our society was also addressed later on. It should also be taken into account that much of the mainstream media, which is supposed to be geared towards both genders, is biased by men. When you say that this documentary is “biased”, you’re confusing actual bias with focusing on one issue at a time. If this documentary focused on the struggles of both men and women in equal measure, it would no longer be a documentary about women. Of course men have their own struggles too, and focusing on the struggles of women in one documentary doesn’t cancel out that fact. Finally, in response to your last sentance, refer back to my first sentance. There were many well-spoken, intelligent men and boys interviewed throughout the documentary, as well as many more women and girls – because who better to talk about the struggle women face today with the way we are represented, than them. If nothing else, I’m sure that we can at least agree upon one thing and that is that the way our society functions today around gender issues is not working. If you are really interested in making a difference, get informed, watch a full documentary and read a full book before making uninformed comments. If women are able to acknowledge the struggles men face daily, after going through their fare share throughout history, maybe you should be able to acknowledge ours as well.

      1. One glaring thing about this documentary is that it shows how low white men who tend to suck up to those in power, are so weak and dumb, really, that they have to degrade women in any way they can. There are some really stupid women too who go along with this but by and large, the men are the problem. I feel sorry for the good men out there. They just do not show up much in the media, unless you watch PBS or BBC, or something similar. I tend to keep to the ‘high brow’ public programs as the intelligence is more balanced and women are treated better. Helps to keep the acid reflux under control!

  8. i have to make a film in my film and brodcasting class and he assigned me to watch this and it is just so amazing it sums up everything that women are going through if you have any ideas what i can do for my film please let me no
    i am so thank full that there i so many people out there that care about then sex and beauty.. like we have so much more to us then sex and beauty we are STRONG, POWERFUL, WE HAVE COURAGE AND STRENGTH…. THERE IS MORE TO US THEN WHAT WE SAY THERE IS

  9. 10/10 would watch missrepresentation movie. This movie does an amazing job by calling the media into question for how they paint women in subtle and not-so-subtle ways as sex objects. It’s discomforting to hear and see clips of accomplished women in media being critiqued for how they look but so empowering to hear that women are more than just a sum of their body parts. Not only do men need to empower women, but women need to empower women.

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