Skip to main content

Movie Review: Miss Representation

Earlier last fall I heard about a documentary coming out, possibly at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's campus reflecting about how women are presented in the media. A few of my friends had invited me to join the petition to bring the movie to campus, and early last week, at the beginning of National Women's Week, it was here. I went with a couple of girl friends: some single, some married, some with kids, and it was very enjoyable and informative for all. The movie was free to the public, and they even gave away free bags of popcorn for everyone interested in seeing the film, too. There was an hour long panel discussion after the film, which we opted to stay for.

This movie hit a lot of nerves, even in my small crowd. There were many things to talk about on the drive home with friends, and many things I re-hashed to Stefan later that evening, and am still thinking about this week. All in all--any documentary that gets you to think critically and review your experiences is an important and practical 90 minutes spent.

Miss Representation is a film about how women and girls are portrayed in the media, and what the 'trickle down' effect of that is. There were many, many statistics shared in the movie, and the film was mostly made up of interviews with prominent, accomplished women, high school and college aged girls, narration by Jennifer Newson, and graphic images (from dolls, to news & politics, to ads and art). I don't know that I would fully feel comfortable with Stefan watching this movie, because of the visual and graphic nature, but I think it's very important to discuss with him what the premise of the movie is about and how we can relate it to our lives; specifically in parenting our children.

From the website,, a bit about the movie, "In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors."

What I take away from the movie is this: yes it used emotional bias (crying high school girls), graphic nature of women in 'dominated' art and advertising (disgusting, I think we've all seen it), and many, many instances of news anchors and men of power undercutting women as a whole, but this point of view does have value even though this was an exaggerated film to make a point. If we do not teach both our daughters AND our sons about respecting the other gender, how can we possibly expect children--who watch and consume WAY to much media, in any form, to act any differently than what they see on tv?

In our house hold we have an expectation that only respectful and loving language is used towards one another. Stefan and I try to model that as best as we humanly can, and our children have learned (and will continue to learn-- I'm sure it will be very hard at times!) to love one another, hug each other, apologize & forgive almost on a daily basis for wrongs, kiss each other at bedtime, and comfort one another when sad or upset (the most common way is the non-hurt child will bring the hurt one a favorite teddy to cuddle). We need to consistently remind our children that our language sets the stage for how we treat each other, and what's inside needs to be shared in a healthy manner, but that the expectation is to never let that fester, but amend, and move on together.This is based on our belief in the gospel and Jesus Christ, who has paid for our sins and provides abundant grace and understanding.

I would give this movie a strong 4 out of 5 simply because of the information given. This IS a problem with mainstream media and our children and ourselves, consume too much of it as a culture. This will, naturally, affect the way our worldviews work. I think many different personalities would find this movie interesting, though I would prescribe this movie to those with children (any ages) to watch this as a necessity is forming parenting ideas and talking to children (in the classroom, on the playing field, or at home) about this as it comes up.


Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

The Rule of Threes

Costco aftermath
This is what my kitchen looks like for at least an hour after a Costco trip. I haul in everything after an exhausting journey through the busiest store (seemingly) in this country and I just can't do a dang thing more. For an hour. While I get a breather. And eat some obligatory reward chocolate. Eventually I'll get to those piles and everything will be put in it's proper place, but usually it stays like this for that necessary hour. 
                                                                          *** I don't think I'm alone in sensing that our culture has gone hog-wild with unrealistic expectations in just about every department, and I want to tell my friends, and anyone else who will listen, that we can only do so much in a day.  My husband once told me a friend of his pondered the busy-ness of our modern lives and said something to the effect of, "God gives us just enough time in the day to do only the things we need to do." …

17 in 2017 // What Happened? What Didn't?

one of Ani's goals: learning to bake!
This year was a great one--we did SO much as a family and I really think by setting up some 'Things to Do' with the kids in my goal list for 2017, we made them happen rather than thinking we could do them 'someday'. We traveled a lot in 2017; we hit every state on the West Coast including Alaska! We started our 6th year of homeschooling and went a bit rogue in a few subjects like Math. I started and finished a beloved book series with the kids. There were a few things that didn't happen because of circumstances, but almost everything else DID happen, and I'm proud of that! Intentions + action for the win! 

What Happened

*Learn to make pakora and butter chicken (crock pot): This might be cheating but a friend of mine sells Epicure spice blends and they just came out this past year with a pakora packet. It's healthy, fast, gluten-free, and delicious and I'm counting it! I also made the most delicious butter chicken…