Being a parent of two boys has got me determined to make sure that they grow up respecting women and, more importantly, thinking of women as equals. They haven’t even hit puberty yet and I already know that I have a difficult task ahead of me. Why? Because each time they turn on the TV they are faced with stereotypes which tell them otherwise.
Having boys, I cannot imagine how difficult a task it is for parents of daughters to ensure that their girls are confident, respect themselves and expect to be treated as equals. Why? Because each time they turn on the TV or look at a magazine they are faced with stereotypes which tell them otherwise.
The new film Miss Representation exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality rather than in their intellect and self-worth. It is time to break that cycle so that our girls and our boys will grow up believing in themselves and seeing one another as equals.
MissRepresentation.org is a call-to-action campaign that seeks to empower women and girls to challenge the labels they face every day in order to grow their confidence and realize their full potential. The campaign hopes to generate individuals to pursue small actions which lead to a larger movement to erase gender stereotypes once and for all.
How You Can Participate
- Watch or host a screening and discussion of the film with your friends, school or local organization. Go to http://missrepresentation.org/screenings/ to find a screening near you or sign up to host a screening.
- Use your voice to celebrate positive media and advertising with positive images and to challenge negative portrayals of women and girls in media and advertising.
- Take the pledge at http://missrepresentation.org/take-action/take-the-pledge/ to use your voice to challenge the media’s portrayal of women and girls
- Show your support by joining the campaign on Twitter @RepresentPledge and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MissRepresentationCampaign.
The trailer for the film Miss Representation is an eye-opening look at gender stereotypes, the same stereotypes that our sons and daughters are using to develop their self-image and their opinions of one another. Take a look:
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