Parents' Guide to

Miss Representation

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Earnest, illuminating documentary about women and the media.

Movie NR 2012 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+

Finally...some media literacy!

A documentary that offers a wide breadth of information over the representation of women in media. It offers a media analysis of what can be perceived as upholding patriarchal structures and how this impacts how women are perceived in society. The connection of how women and girls are taught to see themselves and other women around them offers a damning portrait of how we are consistently undercutting ourselves. Necessary viewing for all who consume media, especially the young ones.
age 16+

Not Good For Viewing Without a Trusted Adult

I agree with the view that women (and girls) have been sexualized by liberal media (movies; streaming; social media). But this documentary grossly misrepresents the Christian Faith and further leads women down the path to unfulfilled, confused, lives and bitterness. I did use it to demonstrate to my strong (and feminine) daughter that character shows true beauty in girls AND boys, not physical characteristics.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Bravo to Miss Representation for calling into question the way the media -- TV, movies, the Internet -- trivializes women and paints them in subtle and not-so-subtle ways as sex objects. It's fascinating -- and, honestly, disheartening -- hearing actresses like Daphne Zuniga discuss the pressure to look younger through Botox and plastic surgery, and Jane Fonda talk about getting the message that she's not good enough.

We rarely get such candor, and what the interviewees say will really make you think (for example, one commentator wittily describes morning talk show pairings as grandfather types and their second wives). And it's discomfiting to hear and see clips of admirable, accomplished women being disparaged, usually by men, for how they look. (One radio host calls former Secretary of State Madeline Albright a "fat hag"!) That said, what's revealed here isn't exactly new. Plus, the connections that the film makes by pairing interviews with statistics sometimes seem overemphasized, the dots too neatly connected. Nevertheless, Miss Representation is an absorbing, if sometimes dispiriting, film to watch. Show it to your girls -- and your boys.

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