What: Screening of documentary Miss Representation
Who: Ryerson Students’ Union Equity Committee, Women’s Centre, Nursing Course Union, Students Against Racism, and Social Work Anti-Oppression Coalition
Date: Friday, November 25th
Time: 6 PM until 8 PM
Place: Thomas Lounge, Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario
Plus, your friends from Shameless will be on-site with a table of magazines, merch and smiles!
From the film’s website:
About The Film
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (90 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
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.
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.
Check out missrepresentation.org for more information on the film.