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Crucial Film for Young Women and Girls

Posted by on October 13, 2011

Something happens to girls when they hit puberty, if not sooner. The day they realize that they are an object and their value is directly tied to their appearance is the day the self loathing and self punishment begins: dieting, over exercise, a hyper focus on altering their veneer. I don’t see this with young boys, though I’m familiar with the “Boys Movement” and the idea that they’re not living up to their potential due to various cultural influences and shifts in parenting styles. When I heard about the film ‘Miss Representation’ and saw the clip last year it affirmed so many things I’d been feeling and thinking about media today and its impact on young girls. If you know an adolescent girl who doesn’t struggle with her appearance, that’s something. If you know an adolescent girl who doesn’t struggle with her weight, that’s even more impressive. If you know an adolescent girl who has retained the confidence and spunk she had at age 10, well, I think that’s rare.

But the real question is why? I’m sure we all have our own theories but “Miss Representation” gets at the heart of what’s happening in our culture, in the media, and how pervasive that influence is on girls and women. I can’t wait to see it. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

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