Miss Representation, the title of the film, is a play on words that refers to how women are represented in media, a misrepresentation and a distorted view of what it means to be a woman. The film argues that media offers limiting portrayals of women as a class in contrast to men. Media representations largely follow the premise that women should be objectified, specifically by men, and should embody very traditional ideas around femininity that is arguably impossible to fulfill. The film implies how media represents women is an attributing factor to spikes in mental health; for instance, 65 percent of women and girls have eating disorders, and depression among women and girls have doubled between 2000 and 2010. The film frames that this phenomenon …show more content…
There is a disparity between women and men that are represented as politicians in media as well as other positions/fields of power and influence. The film then represents how that affects gender socialization and what women can see as a possibility in their lives. To contextualize this more, women make up about 51 percent of the population in the U.S. while 17 percent of congress is made up of women. Another example, that’s related to the previous, is the representation of women in film and tv shows when they inhabit positions of power. On the surface, it may seem empowering and broadening the scope of possibility for women, but in reality, it frames these situations in the context that in order for women to gain these positions, they have to sacrifice families, child-rearing, and personal lives to attain it. So the way in which they represent women in positions of power, they implicitly deem it as undesirable to women, which is a limiting representation. There is another example how the portrayal is limiting in film, specifically. 16 percent of protagonists in film are protagonists and even then, those portrayals are limiting. Women protagonists are either featured in chick flicks where it revolves around heterosexual relationships, i.e. men, or women protagonists are featured in action/superhero films where there is an illusion given that they
Hi Tuyen, good job on rhetorical analysis since you did points out many significant points of the issue presented in the documentary Miss Representation. I agree with you that “Newsom effectively convinces the audience of Miss Representation that the media portrays women in society simply through the value of women’s look” based on the statistics and her persuasive evidence. Photoshop is mostly used to retouch models’ figure in advertisements in order to bring perfect female images to the public. That the media’s extreme focus on how a girl or a woman should look like creates a misleading thought that women’s value is portrayed by their outward appearance. It is absolutely inaccurate since advertisers just tend to manipulate consuming behaviors;
Being a young woman in America, I have stared eye to eye with the guidelines that the media has handed to me. The documentary, Miss Representation, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, discusses how the media’s objectification of women impacts the lives of girls and women across America. Miss Representation shows that as a girl watches other women
This movie did a great job in making people think about how media has manifested our thoughts. Also one interesting point raised in the movie is that many film stars and super models, rather than few succesful females, are considered to be the representations of all women. And one explanation of these misrepresentation given in the movie is beucase majority members of decision board are men. This is actually a visous cycle. Many young women would actuallly believe in those
The movie also shows different stausticsand how it is a problem in society. There is a satistic of the money spent on plastic surgury can pay for a specific years of college depending on the type of college. The use of media, speaker, and satistics help to support the main idea that the media focuses more on womens apperence then they do of showing them in
Prompt #1. Evoking pathos: The MissRepresentation film is filled with attempts of appealing to public emotions, using violent, offensive and sexual derogatory images for women to appeal to the emotions. From the beginning and all over the entire film the speaker mentions her unborn offspring and her fears for her child growing up in a world that is so discriminating and derogatory to women. She refers to her pregnancy and realizing that her baby would be a girl that the reason to start looking how to make a transformation in the way of how society and the media perceive women.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation successfully conveys the dangers that are associated with the demeaning methods the media uses to displace women from inspiring, valued positions and the effects of it on the American female population. The documentary explores the negative portrayal of women in the press and Hollywood, lack of female participation in major fields, and the side effects of the antifeminist movements on impressionable, young girls that have become highly visible through the media. The documentary reports of how even the most casual hints of misogyny distort the public’s values and expectations for women. The targeted audience is everyone because society can only right its wrongs by working and empowering together. However, Miss Representation does emphasize that young women in particular were the most important group of their intended audience.
Mass media represent a powerful force in modern societies as they shape public discourse and influence public opinion by transmitting social, political and cultural values. For decades, women’s representation in mediated popular culture has been a central problem because of the gendered ideologies it circulated. From the 1880s to the 1970s, American women’s magazines played a significant role in disseminating the dominant ideology and patriarchal order, perpetuating the myths of female disposability and domesticity, maintaining traditional images of femininity. They promoted the idea of women’s emotionality, vulnerability and beauty ideals.
Each of these concepts are utilized at the advantage of men, and the disadvantage of women, and has shown to provide detrimental consequences and results for women in society. However, in this film, and other films by Tyler Perry, appear to take the added step to combat these aspects that are present in the media’s portrayal of women. While these are present in the movie, he often makes a point to combat it with an inverse portrayal of each
Women has greatly suffered in society from the beginning until now and no one seems to notice this prolonged issue that women have to endure in their daily lives. The media played a major role to how women are perceived in todays society. Nevertheless, in todays world more and more individuals are attempting to address the problem to solve this issue once and for all. Jennifer Newsom effectively convince her audience in an American documentary film: “Miss representation” to embellish the denigration of women in society and persuade the audience through the use of logos, pathos, and explicit visual images.
Since the Civil Rights movement, activists have deemed underrepresentation the and malrepresentation of African American women in media a concern. A research report led by Joanna Schug, a professor with a Ph.D. in behavioural sciences, compiled data about six popular magazines. Her study concluded magazines underrepresented African Americans who were also “ more likely to be men” (Zagursky 14). The study itself is strictly about magazine, but the findings can be applied to other forms of media to some extent. Furthermore, the negative portrayal of African American women reinforces stereotypes in real life.
This film shows the true layers that black women can have in films that is past the stereotypical The sassy black friend The ghetto black women The angry black woman storyline can only be done so many times. Seeing black women as strong and highly intelligent individuals in films and how this needed to related to real life. How this can be connected to the short book We Should All be Feminists, is
When pronouncing Miss Representation aloud it sounds out as misrepresentation. This title is a clever play on words that has so many meanings. It shows how women are misrepresented in the media and how one body type or “Miss” is being used to represent and reinforce the stereotypes portrayed by the media of women. One way women are misrepresented is age. The women portrayed in movies and TV shows are predominantly in their twenties or thirties.
The documentary went back in history to show how the reality of the past has shaped the lives of women today, without even realizing it. Media plays a huge role in portraying women and how they should look, dress, act, and what jobs they should hold. Therefore, through media, women are seen as doing the household chores and taking care of the children while the men
The representation of gender in mass communications has been a hugely debated topic for years and will continue to be one for many more years to come. The media plays a big role in how they want to portray a gender to the public. They create certain stereotypes through the role of a gender in order to attract a large audience and interest to sell a product, brand or image. Media is so important in today’s society, people spend hours and hours each day watching TV, browsing the Internet and reading magazines. There are so many images of men and women in the media today that it certainly has an impact on the viewer’s thoughts and sense of identity.