March is Women’s History Month. This month is coming to an end soon and to celebrate women’s empowerment, today’s suggested film is the documentary “Miss Representation” by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Kimberlee Acquaro.
This film is an eye-opening documentary that explores the misrepresentation of women who have the ability to be powerful and influence America. It further discusses the limited portrayal of women in the media.
The media portrays an unrealistic image of what the ideal woman should look and act like. With digital altering and photo editing software such as Photoshop, women- particularly young ladies- feel pressured to look “perfect” and take drastic measures to do so.
Moreover, there is this idea that women cannot do anything as adequately as men. Women are still paid less than men, earning just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Powerful, successful women who are assertive are considered “bossy” while men are considered to be leaders committing to their authoritative role.
In politics, women are often judged by their appearances rather than their views and opinions on important matters. They are mostly subjected to questions regarding their lifestyle, children and clothing. Women are especially criticized and viewed as too emotional and irrational to be a political figure.
Although we constantly fight for equality, women are still portrayed poorly in films. Often the lead characters are men and when there is a female lead character, the film is considered a “chick-flick”. Even with female lead characters, the stories revolve around men. Typically, the female lead is looking for love with the perfect man and are often sexualized when they do play a powerful character.
Society wants women to look a certain way yet deem them unworthy when they do follow the guidelines according to the media to look perfect. With or without the makeup, heels and skirts, women are just as capable as any man to accomplish whatever they set their sights on.
“Miss Representation” is empowering and can inspire anyone, male or female, to end this misrepresentation on women. Check out this film to not only celebrate Women’s History Month, but to better understand a woman’s worth and aspire to make a change in the depiction of women.