I’m watching Miss Representation which is a documentary about how the mainstream media portrays women, and I have a few thoughts…
- This documentary is right up your alley if you think feminism peaked in the 1970s (Gloria Steinem vox pops!)
- It’s very black and white - women vs men, no room for nuance when it comes to the gender binary
- Blaming women for ‘self-objectifying’ - sorry, a second ago you just talked about how women are made to hate themselves by the media, and then you blame those women for that? Pick an opinion
- A few women of colour have been interviewed but the term ‘people of colour’ has not been said once, i.e. no discussion of how Hollywood fails at representing people of colour decently too
- This idea that female empowerment is tied to becoming a CEO or being appointed to the board of some huge company. So if I don’t want such a position because I don’t like huge companies that hoard money and behave unethically, I’m not empowered?
- Damn there’s a lot of white people in this - white women referring to ‘white males’ as if they aren’t complicit in reinforcing whiteness as an ideal to work towards
- "America has never had a female President people won’t look to us for guidance" Oh no!!! A world where America isn’t leading everyone else how sad :( :(
- Katie Couric saying that female newscasters who wear makeup ‘look like cocktail waitresses’ - we have already covered that women clearly need to wear makeup to be taken seriously, and then when women do, other women tell them they basically look trashy?
- Seriously this theme of blaming women for being oppressed is stressing me out
- 50 minutes in and still no mention of racism and how racism + sexism = twice the oppression
- Now they’re showing me company logos with the number of women on the board listed underneath. REPRESENTATION ON BOARDS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE EVERYONE CAN NAME BOARD MEMBERS
- HOLY SHIT ONE WOMAN JUST SAID ‘PEOPLE OF COLOUR’ DING DING DING
- It is honestly amazing to me that I’m over an hour in and racism just hasn’t been mentioned
- Oh NOW they’re criticising conglomerates. But I’m still supposed to aspire to be on their boards? Pick a side
- "They follow around women who have eaten a muffin" I’m cracking up. First use of the term ‘fat-shaming’ at 1 hour 7 minutes, but only referring to the fat shaming of already thin women
- Good point about how turning women into things is then used to justify violence against them
Ok documentary over. 5/10. The creators of this documentary seriously need to google ‘intersectionality’.