Women and Gender Studies Film Series
Each year, the Women and Gender Studies Program screens several films related to women, gender, and sexuality. Each screening is followed by a discussion about the movie and the issues it raises.
Monday, April 2, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Bulger South Auditorium
Co-Sponsored by the Intellectual Foundations Program
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
Other films we have recently shown include:
Barbie Liberation Organization Nightly News
Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Playing Unfair: The Media Image of the Female Athlete
Shirley Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed
The Burning Bed