During the weekend of the 91st Miss America Pageant, join me for a community screening of Miss Representation, a film exploring how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The event will be held Friday, January 13 at 7 p.m. at the Women’s Building in San Francisco. Tickets are $8 early bird online (www.missrepresentationsf.eventbrite.com) and $15 at the door, or $12 for students. The documentary, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October. For more information about the film visit www.missrepresentation.org
I’m really excited to host this event as a way of bringing more discussion about this issue. It’s tiring and depressing to see women valued in media for only youth, beauty, or sexuality. This portrayal of women has made the way in which we as women relate to each other and ourselves completely unrealistic. If you don’t live in SF or can’t make it to the screenings below are some ways you can still take action suggested by the Miss Representation folks:
- Stop reading magazines and watching movies and TV shows that objectify and degrade women.
- Make an effort to see movies and TV shows directed and written by women.
- Call out disturbing media and ads by posting to Facebook or Twitter to spark awareness.
- Write to media and advertising companies complimenting them when they highlight positive images of women and girls. Call them out when they don’t.
- Look out for ways in which you speak or others value women solely for youth, beauty, or sexuality.