Last night I had an incredible opportunity to go see Miss Representation with two of my best teacher friends (I consider them my best teacher friends, I wonder if they feel the same? They better now after I brought them My Little Pony fruit snacks).
(PS you will never see my room this clean again…my mom is probably in shock after seeing that the floor is showing)
I cannot tell you how badly I needed to see this movie. I went with my friends in hopes to learn how to better help my female students living in a world dictated by the media and telling them that they are not good enough. I learned so much in order to help my students but I feel like I was actually meant to see this movie at this time in my life.
The showing was held at a little venue in downtown Provo called, Velour.
The show was sold out and now I understand why.
My brain (and heart) are so full right now with so many thoughts and things that I learned from this movie that the only way I know how to share with you is through bullet points. I wish that I would have brought a notebook to write all of the things that really stuck out to me.
-The media (and other things of course) have conditioned us to base our own VALUE on our looks rather than our abilities and accomplishments. This in turn DISTRACTS us from focusing on reaching our full potential when we are so focused on what we look like.
-If we could spend one tenth of the time we do helping others/increasing our education and progressing that we spend thinking about our WEIGHT…we could truly change the world.
-Teens spend TEN hours a day using different forms of media!
-Women in music videos, in many movies and most tv shows are used just as decoration. Objects.
-Why is she wearing that while trying to rescue someone? (talking about all the movies where women are wearing next to nothing while flying through the air saving people)
-Advertisers are trying their hardest to get men to watch tv and buy products (I guess women watch it more than men do) and that is why there is such a heavy reliance on using women as sex objects to sell a product.
-Using women as sex objects is becoming more and more okay in our society. It is starting at alarmingly young ages (um…Toddlers and Tiaras, hannah montana etc).
-Not just hard on young girls…..hard on young men because through the media they are taught to be emotionally constipated, the strongest and the most powerful.
-Depression has doubled in women in the last ten years. I think that there is a strong correlation between depression and this unattainable ‘perfect’ image being plastered everywhere we look.
-Women valuing themselves based on the man’s ideal image (according to the media) stops women from becoming leaders. Hence, the fact that the amount of women in congress/high leadership positions are so low compared to men.
-As women we need to build each other up.
Media literacy is crucial if we are going to continue to use media, the images we see in magazines aren’t real, our success in life is not dependent on our looks and our worth is not dependent on our looks.
Back to regular running and food later today:)
Do you think the media had a big impact on you and your self-image as you were growing up?
Moms and dads out there…how do you teach your children media literacy?
Do you hang out with your co-workers outside of work?
Last movie you watched?
Is your room clean right now?