Feminist Film of the Day: Miss Representation (2011)

You can’t be what you can’t see

Miss Representation

Documentary, 2011

Available on Netflix

This film is 6 years old, and while the female humans may have had a small victory in having Hillary Clinton win the popular vote in the United States Presidential election in 2016, the electoral college chose instead, Donald Trump, an admitted sexual predator. Once again, the humans of planet earth have sent a clear message to 50% of the people on earth, saying “You don’t matter, we own you, and no… we won’t protect you and your children.”


This film looks at the psychological and sociological factors that result in women’s acceptance of the failing patriarchy.

Here’s a synopsis from their website:

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message we receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 33rd out of the 49 highest income countries when it comes to women in the national legislature. And it’s not better outside of government. Women make up only 4.6% of S&P 500 CEOs and 17% of directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics, like Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Condoleezza Rice, Rachel Maddow, and Nancy Pelosi, build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken, but armed with a new perspective.

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