I recently watched the Sundance Festival documentary “Miss Representation” by Jennifer Siebel Newsom who is a filmmaker, actress, speaker and advocate for women, girls and their families. She is also the writer, director and producer of this documentary that explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. The documentary is incredibly well researched with an impressive, diverse range of people interviewed such as Jennifer Pozner, Jane Fonda and Rosario Dawson. There are many examples of limiting sexualized portrayals of women in the media which added to a very persuasive narrative that was easily accesible even to someone who is unfamiliar with the concept of feminism and whether it is still an issue today. All in all, a brilliant documentary that highlights the the exploitation of women in the media.
“Something I’ve learned myself in making this film is sometimes people have a hard time listening to what we have to say because they’re so concerned about how we look. I think that’s a challenge that women in particular have in our culture. ” – Jennifer Siebel Newsom