Miss Representation Reviews
The subject is close to the director's heart, inspired by learning that the child she is carrying is female, but as a documentary this fell a little short for me. The screen is constantly bombarded with facts and figures and Congdon spends a great deal of time illustrating the issue, but hardly any coming up with solutions to the problem.
A very worthy film that would do well to be shown in schools, but I learned nothing new here.
This has perpetuated a sort of institutionalized misogyny: one that has made it incredibly difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average female person to feel powerful herself. Sadly even empowered women are often scrutinized through a lens that places value on their physical appearance and these women often face a backlash from society.
It is interesting to note that the media's cultural war against women could at least in part be attributed to Reagan era deregulation of the media industry. Until the media industry can persuade us to value women for more than their sexuality, the road to gender equality might not be very fruitful.
So all you 18-34y white heterosexual males (hey, that's me!) watch it (ignoring the weaknesses) and try to make even a little difference.