Miss Representation: A movie on Media portrayal women

Miss Representation: A movie on Media and how they portray women.

This movie has some good things which I share here but some of the agenda of this film I do NOT agree with.

-American Teens spend 31 hours a week watching TV; 17 hrs music; 3 hrs movies; 4 hrs magazine; 10 hrs online; hence 10 hours 45 min on media consumption a day.

-from very early on girls get the message the what they look like is what’ important; and boys the message that such is what’s important about women.

-in media there is no importance of women intelligence, just women appearance

-teen girls feel more powerless than ever because of how they are portrayed in media

-53% of 13 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies

-78% of women age 17 are unhappy with their bodies

-65% of women and girls have an eating disorder

-17% of teens engage in cutting or other self-harm behavior

-rates of depression among girls and women have doubled between 2000 and 2010

-children don’t have the same abilities of adults, they are much more vulnerable than adults.

-Doritos chips advertise with women wearing less clothes the more of their chips you eat.

-US Advertisers spent 235.6 billion in 2009. 80% of the countries in the world have GDP’s less than that.

-US Women spend 12,000 to 15,000$ a year on beauty products and salon services

-the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth under age 19 more than tripled from 1997 to 2007

-the average facelift costs 11,429$. That’s enough to pay for 5 years at a community college, or 2 years at a state University, or 1 year at the University of California

-girls learn to see themselves as objects, self-objectification has become a national problem. Brings lower ambition, and lower cognitive function, lower GPA’s, lower politeical efficacy (the idea that your voice matters in polltics, less likely to vote etc.)

-focus on the body distracts people from making a positive difference in the world

-women are 51% of the USA population, but are only 17% of congress. 2010 midterm election is the first time since 1979 that women have to made gains in congress. At this rate women may not achieve parity for 500 years.

-only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men

-67 countries have had female prime ministers, not USA.

-the US is 90th in the world in terms of women leadership

-women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn

-women with domestic abuse can be denied medical coverage, considering that a preexisting condition

-they claim boards without women on them will inevitably make wrong decitions (*I disagree, look at the Quorum of the 12 Apostles).

-at 7 years old 30% of all children want to be President of the USA

-68% of viewers would accept a female president

-an actress was told to lie about her age and take that she had went to Stanford college off of her resume since it would be intimidating.

-only 16% of protagonists in films are female

-mainstream movies are about men. Then a smaller genre is is chick-flicks, wherein their only aspiration is finding romance.

-in the 1920’s to 1950’s there were more complex women in films. Today women characters are idiots.

-We have stopped treating females as human beings, and instead they are just body props.

-we are showing boys that being a man means being in control

-in G rated movies the women are just as likely to be wearing sexually revealing clothing as in R rated movies

-“Ratings Creep” shows that movie ratings categories contain MORE violences, sex, and profanity than a decade ago

-there is toxic hyper-sexualization in Hollywood

-more than 20% of teens have sex before the age of 14

-the idea being shown is that the primary theme of women, their primary tool to power, is sex.

-in male dominant society we see women only as child bearers, and loose interest in women after they are out of the child bearing age

-women in their teens 20’s and 30’s are 39% of the population but they are always the main woman character in movies, they are 71% of women on TV. Women 40 and older are 47% of the population yet are 26% of women on TV.

-it’s like we are saying that when women reach 40 they need to go away

-women are shown as gold diggers, not to be trusted, bratty, that women are natural enemies fighting over being most loved or having a certain person they win.

-the scrutiny of what women look like and their personal lives is much more in media than that of men. As if making them compete against each other.

-women newscasters today look like cocktail waitresses rather than professional information sources

-people paint women as over emotional so they aren’t able to do things that are hard or demanding

-women own 6% of TV and 5% of radio

-there are 22 ESPN sports channels 1 women lifestyle TV channel

-90% of media writers directors etc. are men

-women will watch stories about men; men won’t watch stories about women; it shows one half of population isn’t interested in the other half.

-they say the problem is men direct most of the movies (*I say the problem is the immoral content of our movies, not just the gender of the director though such may contribute. The film shows women directors who made immoral movies who want power to direct more movies. I say men nor women should be supported in immoral propaganda.)

-“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” (Pat Robertson) (*In many ways I agree with this quote).

-“Women’s lib is a total assault on the role of the American woman as a wife and mother and on the family as the basic unit of society.” (Phyllis Schlafly) (*I like Schlafly and in many ways agree with this quote).

-more news is devoted to celebrities and gossip because it’s cheeper

-since the 1990’s there has been steady increase in sexual images

-there used to be an agreement with TV that no one was allowed to broadcast things inappropriate for children before 9pm, that is gone.

-“We have no obligation to make history art or a statement. To make money is our only objective” (Michael Eisner Former CEO, The Walt Disney Co. (Internal memo)

-in 1972 Surgeon General’s report cites link between screen violence and aggressive behavior.

-In 1976 American Medical Association calls TV violence an “environmental hazard”.

– In 1982 National Institute of Mental Health says there is a clear link between TV violence and aggression.

– In 1985 American Psychological Association shows link between TV violence and real violence.

– In 1992 American Psychological Association calls for federal policy to protect society when research on violence is ignored.

-2004 The Centers for Disease Control finds that media violence enhances violent behavior. 2007 The FCC unanimously recommends Congress regulate TV violence.

-2007 Congress holds special hearing on the prevalence of women’s sexualization in music videos.

-2009 studies prove exposure to sexually explicit video games and music videos is linked to men’s appearance of rape myths and sexual harassment.

-Despite all of this there have been no policy changes.

-there are so many channels now so people show images sexually implicit to get the viewers attention amidst so many stations they could watch

-1/4 girls experience teen dating violence

-1/4 women are abused by a partner in their lifetime

-1/6 women are survivors of rape or attempted rape

-15% of rape survivors are under the age of 12

-1/18 men in the USA is behind bars or being monitored

-help young boys to not be emotionally illiterate. It’s ok to cry.

-all we teach boys is to be better than girls, leaving them with no instruction of what they should be.

-from early on men are taught to be emotionally constipated

-70% of women in the workforce are mothers yet we have no national paid family leave, childcare or flex time policy

-people get more positive ratings on their TV shows if they are yelling into the camera VS just talking no matter their passion.

-if women spent a tenth of the time they spend thinking about their weight in thinking about humanitarian service and solving world problems, all of our world problems would get solved.

-for more info see misrepresentation.org

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