If you are familiar with the awesome documentary Miss Representation, you know that you, like us, were probably shocked by the sexism that still exists in mainstream media and that this is what young women are subject to every day as they turn on their televisions and watch content online.
Our friends from The Empowerment Project documentary crew shared this new video released from the Miss Representation gang and it pretty much sums up that A) men are threatened by the rise of women, and B) the only “ammunition” they have is to spit out adolescent insults that are either stereotypical(ly wrong) or have a dig at a woman’s appearance.
The saddest thing is that while our gender is clearly making great strides to create change for future generations, there are many men who can’t and don’t have the capacity. Let’s be clear, it’s sad for them, not us. If they aren’t going to come alongside us and support our cause in empowering younger minds, then they are part of the problem and it is a real shame.
In the meantime, we will continue to march toward equality. Miss Representation has now evolved into The Representation Project, which is something that every woman needs to be aware of. They are a movement “that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. ”
Founder and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom says “Limiting stereotypes harm all of us and that women deserve a seat at the table. We take that commitment forward with us, as we tackle the biases that impact our larger society.”
This means those young girls in the picture above, the three stars from the latest Goldie Blox viral video, and their peers need to be saturated with better role models and images from a young age so that they will grow up realizing reaching their full potential is not going to be based on their looks.
Watch the video below, share it with all of your girlfriends and the men in your life. If they have any shred of common decency or care about humanity, they too will realize how important it is to be aware of the messages we put out in the media, and what we choose to consume.
“There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren’t changing fast enough…”