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Miss Representation–Question your world and create freedom!

March 30, 2012

A few weeks back, I posted an action week idea from MissRepresentation.org

Well, last week, I finally got to see Miss Representation the documentary.  It was fantastic!  A great blend of facts, clips from current media and interview from people as diverse as film directors, high school students and political leaders.  I also appreciated the fact that they talked about the effect of the media’s portrayal of women as damaging also to men and young boys growing up as they are also pigeon-holed.

One of the great messages of this documentary was that, in order to change the story about women in the media, we have to have women’s own stories present and active.  One phrase that came up a few times was–You can’t be what you can’t see.  As in, young women have a hard time creating new roles and spaces for themselves in society when they see no one like them holding those roles.  And too often, the women who are in leadership roles, are changing the world are markedly absent from our mainstream culture.  Again–you can’t be what you can’t see.  In academics they call this:  symbolic annihilation.  This aspect of the film in particular has inspired me to begin a series of posts about Great Women–especially ones you might not have heard of!

My next post will be the first of this series!

I highly recommend checking out Miss Representation.  You can find upcoming events and screenings at http://www.missrepresentation.org/

At the screening I attended, one of the best parts of the night was the discussion following the film.  Out of those conversation, a new idea was sparked for a program in my area to help both men and women create freedom around their experience of being male or female and share that.  The dialogue alone makes going to see the film at a screening a fantastic experience and opportunity!

Rock on!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. tigger permalink
    March 31, 2012 9:24 pm

    great work here! thanks for spreading the word!

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