Monday, August 26, 2013

Miss Representation

I have just finished watching Miss Representation and have pledged to take action to immediately make a difference:

1. Tell 5 people (hopefully more than 5 people will read this but I have also posted on twitter, so that must count for at least 5 people combined) about the film and share the trailer:

2. Parents- watch TV and films with your children.  Raise questions like “What if that character had been a girl instead?” (I don't have kids, but would encourage my friends and family with children, to pose the question.)

3. Remember your actions influence others. Mothers, aunts and loved ones- don’t downgrade or judge yourself by your looks. Fathers, uncles and loved ones—treat women around you with respect.  Remember children in your life are watching and learning from you.

4. Use your consumer power. Stop buying tabloid magazines and watching shows that degrade women. Go see movies that are written and directed by women (especially on opening weekend to boost the box office ratings). Avoid products that resort to sexism in their advertising.

5. Mentor others! It’s as easy as taking a young woman to lunch. Start by having open and honest conversations with a young person in your life.

You are now dialed into a national movement to stand up to sexism and challenge the media's limiting portrayals of gender. Together we will make a huge impact on contemporary society.

Don't forget to visit for frequent updates and other ways of getting involved.

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