In case you haven’t heard, feminism isn’t dead. Now, I know the word “feminist” has quite a few negative connotations in society, but I’m proud to be a feminist, because I am not content with a few things. I’m not happy with the portrayal of women in the media, I wasn’t happy with the way Hilary AND Palin were treated in the 2008 election (and now), I’m not happy that women make up a pitiful percentage of powerful positions like CEOs and Senators.
We’ve come a long way, but let’s face it, gender equality, and I mean real equality, isn’t quite here yet.
Enter the film Miss Representation, which is playing tonight and Wednesday night at Lipscomb. Tonight it’s at 6:30 in the Ezell Center, and Wednesday it’s at 8:30 in Ward Hall. This film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom delves into how women are judged more strongly on their youth, beauty and sexuality than on their capacity as leaders. The film interweaves the stories of teenage girls with interviews with women leaders such as Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda to challenge the limited portrayal of women in the mainstream media.
I posted the trailer above in case you haven’t seen it on any social sites, as it’s been making the rounds.
I’m not going to tell you that you need to see this film. I highly recommend it, because it covers a lot of topics that we don’t really see addressed. Even if they are addressed they’re usually washed away with ball-buster jokes and aren’t taken as seriously as they should, and I think that’s a shame. Either way, the film looks promising, and I think it’s absolutely fantastic that Lipscomb is showing it for free this week. As a Belmont grad I’m sure it’s against the rules to say this, but go Lipscomb!