Filing in for the 8:30 p.m. show time, women took their seats as the documentary “Miss Representation” prepared to start. Tackling the pervasive world of media and its inaccurate depiction of women, “Miss Representation” shows audiences the common theme that underlies all of the media’s interactions with women: disrespect. Reels and reels of advertisements, reality shows, movies, news clips, magazines and multiple other forms of media flash across the screen with images and sound bites of women being misrepresented and disrespected.
Lifting the veil, “Miss Representation” removes the media’s façade of equality and normalcy to reveal their over-sexualized, untrue image of women. The film points out the many issues that arise as young girls, and boys, continue to be fed this very inaccurate view of women. After attending the screening, junior Jackie Kong said she appreciated that “it wasn’t afraid to show what media is really like.”
After the documentary ended, Kong and others went to The Bridge for snacks and a small discussion. Looking back on the discussion time, Kong said: “I hope all these girls didn’t keep the discussion to themselves.” She said she was glad that the film opened up the conversation and she would like to see the men of Vanguard being educated on the issue as well. It’s important that “we don’t allow the over-sexualization or the media to control us,” Kong said. As a psychology major and women’s studies minor, Kong said: “This issue is something that I’ve been passionate about for such a long time.”
In a final note, Kong said that anyone interested in learning more about that topic and others like it should check out the women’s studies minor. To learn more about Vanguard’s women’s studies minor, click here. To learn more about “Miss Representation,” watch it here.