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Trailer for "Miss Representation"

8:51 pm - 04/01/2011
(the video contains images of violence against women and sexualization of women)

Miss Representation is a documentary from writer/director (and former first lady of San Francisco) Jennifer Siebel Newsom which "explores women's under-representation in positions of power and influence and challenges the limited and often disparaging portrayal of women in the media." Newsom tapped some famous faces to speak about women and media in the film — among them, Condoleezza Rice, Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, Margaret Cho, Nancy Pelosi, Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson — but some of the most powerful voices are those of high school students.

Miss Representation has been acquired by OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and should air on television in the fall. In the meantime, there are a few screenings scheduled for next month.

youtube source
dearmisterecho 2nd-Apr-2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
oooooooh I wanna see this so bad.
jess_not_ie 2nd-Apr-2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
This looks fantastic.
othellia 2nd-Apr-2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
This looks beautiful. Of course the people creating the problems and who really do need to see something like this probably won't, but that's pretty much the case with anything.
oaktree89 2nd-Apr-2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Don't read the comments at youtube. The "men's rights activists" - sorry, I meant sexism apologists - are out in full force, whining about how Caucasian men are ~so oppressed.
ascendings 2nd-Apr-2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
ya i was going to warn people of this too. i don't know why i bother reading
oaktree89 2nd-Apr-2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
I know, I should have known better (hello, it's youtube) but the first few comments were so reassuring I got sucked in :/
lightbird777 2nd-Apr-2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's pretty much a bad idea to ever read any comments at youtube.

Straight cis white men are going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming into a world where there is equality.
othellia 2nd-Apr-2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, you said that and I immediately had too. So many links to this "manhood101.com" I don't even.
salienne 2nd-Apr-2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
The comment at the very top is all "Yay equality! wtf sexism" so I'm just focusing on that one.
astridmyrna 2nd-Apr-2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, nothing like the fresh scent of butthurt in the morning.
typhlogirl 2nd-Apr-2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
This looks really, really good.
lightbird777 2nd-Apr-2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
This looks amazing.
excusemesenator 2nd-Apr-2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Rosario Dawson will talk about the way she looks on all her movie posters.
thewhowhatwhats 2nd-Apr-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Most of them are just of her face or of her fully clothed.
excusemesenator 2nd-Apr-2011 04:30 pm (UTC)

But she's fully clothed guys.
thewhowhatwhats 2nd-Apr-2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Her activism, her viewpoints, and the film's message aren't invalidated because she's worn leather pants on a poster before.

That's still not all her posters. You should've gone with the Sin City poster if you were trying to slut shame her.
excusemesenator 2nd-Apr-2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
WTF? I'm not saying anything she says is invalidated. I was actually wondering if she was going to share insights on how it felt being marketed like that.
salienne 2nd-Apr-2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, how dare women not be perfect feminists by your standards in everything they do!
excusemesenator 2nd-Apr-2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's not at all what I'm saying. I'm seriously wondering if she's going to talk about her personal experiences being marketed as a sex symbol.
salienne 2nd-Apr-2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
That makes more sense and could be interesting, but it's not really how your first comment came off.
dragonhawker 2nd-Apr-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Nor your second comment.
excusemesenator 2nd-Apr-2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Second comment was basically that clothing has nothing to do with ridiculous super-male gaze marketing. I mean, seriously, "always open"? That's about two steps away from something like this:

astridmyrna 2nd-Apr-2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
I got what you meant, since this seems to be a movie about how a male-centric media portrays women in the media.

And yikes, that BK ad.
astridmyrna 3rd-Apr-2011 12:07 am (UTC)
That is, the "Miss Represented" is a movie about how a male-centric media portrays women, and the posters would be good talking points.
beoweasel 2nd-Apr-2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Good lord. >_o
checkerdandy 2nd-Apr-2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Damn, I want to see this.
ook 2nd-Apr-2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
This documentary looks great. I hope that Oprah later sees fit to release it to Frontline so that it will get wider exposure on PBS.

So, is "Sucker Punch" any good or not? So many women on my LJ Flist seemed to have hated it (because they said it was sexist), but there was one woman who loved it.
beoweasel 2nd-Apr-2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
It depends on how you look at it.

My family and I saw it the other week, and well, aside from my roommate, we all hated it.

The visuals are pretty, and some of the combat sequences are imaginative and pretty amazing.

But my main problems stem from a handful of issues that sucked any of the enjoyment I had for the film.

For starters, Zyder pretty much tells you right at the 15 minute mark exactly what is going to happen to the main character, Baby-doll, before descending into her imagination, for me, this took out any of the fun in the combat sequences that happen afterward, due to the fate that awaits her.

None of the female characters show any real personality. They're all eager to escape the Burlesque/Brothel (Which is what Baby-Doll imagines the Asylum to be), and Sweet-Pea, one of the secondary characters, allowed herself to be committed so she could protect her sister, Rocket, but beyond that, none of them really stood out. Sure, they were gorgeous and kicked ass in fights, but it was difficult to feel emotionally invested in them.

And that made the male characters even worse. Aside from two characters, the rest of the male cast were pretty repugnant, from the greedy step-father (Who attempts to rape both his step-daughters and has one committed) the fat, repulsive cook (who tries to rape another character, and the central antagonist Blue (who tries to rape Baby-Doll twice.) which in the brothel scenes, is imagined as a greasy pimp.
There's nothing wrong with having irredeemable and disgusting villains, but there was nothing to balance them out. Like, every time Blue came on screen, I gnashed my teeth and wanted that bit over with, and as it went on, I just wanted to stop watching the film entirely, as there were no fun characters to counter-act his, and the others' repulsiveness.
dragonhawker 2nd-Apr-2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
"Aside from two characters"

Which two? I can only think of one.
beoweasel 2nd-Apr-2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
The male doctor that performed the operation. Admittedly, he didn't get a lot of screen time.
dragonhawker 3rd-Apr-2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
Right. I forgot about him since, as you said, he wasn't on screen much. Even the mayor dude got about as much face time, although fewer lines and shocked moral indignation.
excusemesenator 2nd-Apr-2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
What, you aren't interested in seeing another man's idea of what female empowerment looks like?
dragonhawker 2nd-Apr-2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Jesus God, no. I wanted to enjoy the movie, I really did. Let me explain... no, is too complicated. Let me sum up. Every male character (excluding one) is a rapist, and every female character (excluding none) is a sex slave.
rex_dart 2nd-Apr-2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for asking about Sucker Punch, because it reminded me to go look up reviews and I had a really good laugh.
salienne 2nd-Apr-2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I saw this trailer a while ago. I think it could be fantastic.
rauduskoivu 2nd-Apr-2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
This seems really neat. I imagine that with their backgrounds, Rice and Dawson might seem like odd choices to some people, but I say the more the merrier.
ladydragon543 2nd-Apr-2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
I totally want to see this. TOTALLY
braindeadrana 2nd-Apr-2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
I want to see this immediately.

The inclusion of one of my favorite songs in the trailer is just icing on the cake. :D
hellaine 3rd-Apr-2011 06:50 am (UTC)
is that a pyramid head fetus
braindeadrana 3rd-Apr-2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
It is indeed! I can't remember from where I nicked it, but it's one of my favorite icons. :D
_starsinmyeyes_ 3rd-Apr-2011 02:03 am (UTC)
This looks really good/ I love that Metric song.
ceasetoknow 3rd-Apr-2011 04:07 am (UTC)
This looks awesome
caketime 3rd-Apr-2011 10:04 am (UTC)
Hope it comes over to Europe!
poetic_pixie_13 3rd-Apr-2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
This looks awesome. Also, yay Metric.
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