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Why do we still live in a world where girls are require to slim down, sex up, and go pink?

"I've often wondered when exactly this change occurred. The Times ties it to the 1984 decision to dismantle restrictions on children's television programming. In the documentary Miss Representation, educator Jackson Katz suggests a larger phenomenon."

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Is posing nude really the route to empowerment?

The jury’s still out on whether or not this sexuality-as-a-commodity can be empowering to the individual woman,” says Newsom. “However, we know the result is a media that fixates on women as sexual objects and doesn’t tell the story of all the other things that make women great — our leadership, our character, our talent, and our intelligence.”

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Connie Britton's secret to amazing hair is so easy, everyone (even guys) should use it

"Britton teamed up with Nashville alumna Laura Benanti for the video, with her co-star writing and directing the spot as part of The Representation Project’s fall 2015 #AskHerMore campaign, which encourages reporters to ask women more substantial questions on the red carpet than, say, 'How do you get your hair so pretty?'"

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Representations of people in the media

"With the increasing influence of media on young people, Newsom explained that [The Representation Project] aims to counteract dangerous and deceptive messages that could impact their mental and physical health. Through media representation, she said: 'Girls learn that their value lies predominantly in their youth, beauty, and sexuality.'"

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Yes, real moms can push a Bugaboo stroller in a bikini

"There’s no 'right' way to portray a strong woman, after all, and there’s no single woman who can represent all of us."

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Alex Morgan hopes her TV show changes attitudes about women athletes

"'Media informs cultural norms,' says Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who wrote, directed and produced the 2011 documentary Miss Representation, which detailed the media's impact on the under-representation of women in power in our society. 'The fact that we've given so little time and space to women in sports in any media ultimately has a negative impact on young girls and young boys.'"

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The missing Minions

"Media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms: what we value and whose stories are worth telling [said Newsom]. These messages shape how children see themselves and the world. It’s imperative that we represent our population equally and show that everyone has value."

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ACLU calls for civil rights investigation into Hollywood

"The ACLU is asking federal and California civil rights agencies to investigate what it calls 'the systemic failure' to hire female directors in the entertainment industry."

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Bud Light withdraws slogan after it draws ire online

"In a continuation of [Bud Light's] ‘Up for Whatever’ campaign, a wide blue band low on the label says, ‘The perfect beer for removing “no” from your vocabulary for the night.’ Protests quickly erupted in social media, criticizing what was perceived as perhaps not the best marketing language in the midst of public outcry over date rape on college campuses."

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We must #AskHerMore on the red carpet

“Thankfully, more and more women in Hollywood are choosing to reject and subvert that objectifying gaze (Cate Blanchett at last year’s Oscars is one prominent example), and are being joined by millions online. The Representation Project. . .led an online campaign on Monday called “#AskHerMore,” which had Twitter users encouraging red carpet reporters, in real-time, to focus less on who celebrities were wearing, and more on their talent. ”

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Miss Representation shows ugly side of women in media



“The documentary harnesses a wealth of clips, interviews, and statistics to show that women are being depicted on TV and online as poorly as ever, with dangerous potential side effects for girls sitting on the other side of the screen.”


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When a guilty pleasure starts to hurt



“Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary, Miss Representation, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, drives the point home that young girls in America cannot find appropriate role models in popular culture. ‘Media is the message,’ is the overriding theme of Newsom’s excellent film. Miss Representation helped me see how a seemingly harmless act — watching reality TV — can contribute to a culture that fails to embrace women as the equal of men.”


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Sundance review: Miss Representation



“A relevant and important doc that deconstructs the insidious role of visual media in the widespread, unbalanced depiction of women and girls, Miss Representation is destined for long-term festival play and could make a significant social impact on broadcast and DVD.”

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Facing up to the female power conundrum



“The media doesn’t help women feel okay about power — a point that Jennifer Siebel Newsom nails in a new documentary called Miss Representation.”


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Revolution at sundance



“Miss Representation directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is a long-overdue look at how media objectification of women is internalized by young girls. Real, classic — that is, unapologetic — feminism is back, at least at Sundance.”


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Sundance 2011: Is the media keeping women out of politics?



“If you think we’re in the midst of historic times for women in politics with Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and even Sarah Palin on the national stage, one documentary at Sundance is urging you to think again.”

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