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Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 April 2014 (Netherlands)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Mitchell ... Herself - President and CEO Paley Center for Media, Former President & CEO of PBS
Jackson Katz ... Himself - Educator, Filmmaker Tough Guise, Author The Macho Paradox (as Jackson Katz PhD)
Jim Steyer ... Himself - CEO Common Sense Media, Lawyer and Professor of Civil Rights, Stanford University
Marissa Mayer ... Herself - Vice President, Consumer Products Google
Jean Kilbourne ... Herself - Filmmaker - Killing Us Softly, Author and Senior Scholar Wellesley Centers for Women (as Jean Kilbourne EdD)
Jennifer Pozner ... Herself - Executive Director Women in Media & News, Author Reality Bites Back
Margaret Cho ... Herself
Katie Couric ... Herself
M. Gigi Durham ... Herself - Author The Lolita Effect, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa
Caroline Heldman ... Herself - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College (as Caroline Heldman PhD)
Gavin Newsom ... Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California, Former Mayor of San Francisco
Gloria Steinem ... Herself - Feminist Organizer and Writer, Co-Founder Women's Media Center
Jennifer Lawless ... Herself - Associate Professor of Government, Director Women in Politics Institute, American University
Cory Booker ... Himself - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Condoleezza Rice ... Herself - Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senior Fellow Hoover Institution, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford University
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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You can't be what you can't see.

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USA

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English

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15 April 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Herself - Associate Professor of Political Science, Occidental College: Women who are high self-objectifiers have lower political efficacy. Political efficacy is the idea that your voice matters in politics and that you can bring about change in politics. So if we have a whole generation of young people being raised where women's objectification is just par for the course, it's normal, it's okay, we have a whole generation of women who are less likely to run for office and less likely to vote.
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Important subject, inconsistent production
12 October 2014 | by eurogradSee all my reviews

Miss Representation address, mostly, the important issue of how women are represented in the media and the impact such representations have on how society perceives women, how it affects the ability of women to reach higher echelons of media-related positions, and how that in turn affects programming, choices in advertising, and perpetuation and certain stereotypes and patterns. On this aspect, it delivers quite a powerful message.

However, there are also serious flaws, some of argument, some of execution.

While I myself fully support gender equality, and otherwise agree with the problem of glass ceilings and reduction of professional women to their sexualized attributes, I think it is very, very worrying the suggestion for some level of censorship and regulation of media content, especially the implication that some government agency should step in to enforce "family standards" in online content production and broadcasting. As a viewer, I was left with the impression the producers really didn't have a clue about issues concerning freedom of speech and were incredibly naive on their pro-censorship stance (since it doesn't resonate with the rest of the documentary).

Editing also could have been better. Some of the short testimonials could have been consolidated in longer shots focusing just one subject, instead of having too many parallel interviews clumsy moving forward on little bits that often got lost.

Finally, I think they could have better explored the hook on how sexist attitudes are bad not only for girls and women, but also for men. That would make the documentary even more interesting, although it already lacks, fortunately, a us vs. them tone.


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