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Miss Representation - Gender and the media

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Miss Representation explores women's under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayals of women in media. Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom brings together some of America's most influential thought leaders in politics, news, entertainment, and academia, including Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Lisa Ling, Marissa Mayer, Cory Booker, Jean Kilbourne, and Jackson Katz, to give us an inside look at the media's messaging. As one of the most persuasive and pervasive forces of communication in our culture, mainstream media is educating yet another generation that a woman's primary value lies in her youth, beauty and sexuality-not in her capacity as a leader.


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"An admirable work of media literacy education...
Miss Representation stands to have the greatest impact in classrooms."

- Variety

In one week American teenagers spend 31 hours watching TV, 17 hours listening to music, 3 hours watching movies, 4 hours reading magazines, 10 hours online. That's 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day.

Miss Representation's Curriculum gives media literacy a much needed gender focus. The curriculum asks girls and boys alike to think about the effects of the images they see-particularly the ways media affects women and girls' ability to see themselves as leaders and be seen as leaders by others in society.

Students learn to:

  • Identify different types of media and understand that media communicates and teaches individuals ideas.
  • Think critically about how stereotypes of femininity and masculinity limit girls and boys.
  • Examine the impact media has on a woman's ability to see herself as a leader and obtain a leadership position.
  • Understand how behind the scenes decisions affect the way gender is represented in media and impact our culture.
  • Become engaged in efforts to influence positive change in media and advertising industries.


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