The documentary I chose is called Miss Representation. It came out in 2011 and is an american documentary written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It talks about sexism and under-representation in society and the media. Women are defined by the media as sex symbols and are withheld from high positions because of men.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom starts off the movie by talking about how she is pregnant with a daughter but shes nervous for her to grow up in a society where women are treated so poorly. She also talks about her own struggles in life with sexism and abuse. This documentary is filled with facts like “Today children and young adults watch more than 10 hours of media a day (Rideout et. al., 2010).” The media is our main source of information. It has a huge impact on us. This movie raises importance and shows how women have no voice in society. People only focus on women’s bodies, appearance and are treated like sexual objects. This behaviour dehumanizes women and makes people think they don’t matter. Its dangerous because it sends out a message to young girls that they are only valuable if they’re perfect looking. It tells them that no matter what a woman does, the only thing that matters is appearance.
This movie features and interviews Katie Couric, Lisa Ling and Rachel Maddow and politicians Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Condoleezza Rice. They talk about their experiences about being in the male dominated entertainment business.