Friday, October 21, 2011

Miss Representation Explores how the Media Contribute to the Under-representation of Women in Influential Positions

Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film which explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. It brings together interviews with powerful women such as Healthy MEdia Commission Co-chair Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and many more.

Fox Business reports that the film has made its way from Sundance to an audience award at the Palo Alto Film Festival and aired on television this week. Citing the Girl Scout Research Institute’s recent study on girls and reality TV, the article pinpoints that "regular reality TV viewers accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives..."

Also making the connection between Girl Scout Research and Miss Representation is The Daily Beast.