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Miss Representation

Dear Southwest Airlines, Our Children Are Paying Attention

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 08.13.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

More and more people are recognizing the exploitation of women's images in the media and the impact it can have on our daughters -- and our sons.

Marianne Williamson: Inspiring Women to Action

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 06.16.2012 | Fifty
Elizabeth Debold

Spirituality should force us into a deeper confrontation with life, in its agony and ecstasy, rather than swaddle us against its sharp edges.

Where Are the Leaders for Women, Not Just Women Leaders?

Pat Mitchell | Posted 05.22.2012 | Women
Pat Mitchell

As the decades of my own advocacy on behalf of women pile up, I'm ever more convinced that women lead differently if given the chance to express our genuine styles, passions, and priorities.

Why Some Women Are Sexists

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.13.2012 | Home
Soraya Chemaly

Every day people, like me, are banging their heads on their desks, asking "What is wrong with that woman?" "Why is she doing that?" "Doesn't she realize she's being used by a system that denigrates her?" Women in these positions clearly don't see it that way.

How I Made Peace with the Other 'F' Word

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 04.08.2012 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

I'd heard women start sentences with "I'm not a feminist, but ...," modeling for me that we wanted to distance ourselves from some scary picture of women burning bras and hating men.

Do We Do It To Ourselves?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 03.13.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

An ugly little thought crept in: It's not just men who are responsible for our objectification. You have to wonder if we're sometimes responsible for our own misrepresentation.

Facebook, Nice Girls and Self-Worth

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.13.2012 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

What girls say to each other on Facebook matters more than the possible threat of cyberbullying. It reflects what we teach kids about what's important and has real consequences.

Do We Need A Princess Recovery Program?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.29.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Forget girls, parents are the people who need a Princess Recovery Program.

5 Ways to Help Boys and Girls Understand Sexism in Movies

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.05.2012 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

There is no rating system that grades misrepresentation, bias or their effects on culture. Here are five things you can do to teach your kids, boys and girls, how to rate things for themselves.

Why Women Need Better Role Models in Media

Amy Chan | Posted 02.05.2012 | Women
Amy Chan

We need to choose our role models carefully. When you ask a handful of adolescent girls who they aspire to be like, it's frightening how many will say "Kim Kardashian" or "Miley Cyrus."

A Path to Power and Wholeness: Finding Inspiration in the Goddess

Lisa Levart | Posted 01.15.2012 | Women
Lisa Levart

Without realistic role models, is it really surprising that so many young women are confused, isolated and deeply depressed?

Blaming Good Girls for Going Bad. Really?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.10.2012 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

There's Dakota Fanning...'going bad' so Marc Jacobs can sell some perfume. It smells great, by the way. Why did she do that? I mean, she was SUCH A NI...

Women's Work: Advances and Challenges in Reclaiming Our Bodies as Our Own

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home
Vivien Hoexter

Imagine my excitement when I learned that Miss Representation was to air on television. I fervently wish that this scathing documentary about the American media's treatment of women's bodies had been around when I was a teenager.

Who's On Your Lust List?

Gerit Quealy | Posted 01.03.2012 | Women
Gerit Quealy

Do teen crushes ever really go away? Or does our judgment get better?

Porn-Addled Teenage Boys Do Rule The World

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.01.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

So what if we don't have a female head of state for the next 500 years. Go get a facial. You'll feel better. Develop a hobby. I hear recreational pole dancing is really fun.

Standing Up to Street Harassment

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.29.2011 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Here are three things to think about before we continue to tell our daughters to ignore a lifetime of "cat" calls, sexually explicit comments and sexist remarks.

Miss TEDxWomen

Pat Mitchell | Posted 12.24.2011 | Media
Pat Mitchell

As I have often reminded audiences, 86 percent of the purchasing power in this country is in the pockets of women. Let's use it!

WATCH: Maddow Opens Up About Hate Mail

Posted 12.06.2012 | Media

Rachel Maddow appeared on "Ellen" Thursday. Among other things, she talked about the representation of women in the media. Think Progress caught a cli...

Miss Representation: An Interview with Writer & Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Marianne Schnall | Posted 12.20.2011 | Women
Marianne Schnall

"It's not a 'women's' movement, it's a human rights movement we are embarking on. I think in some regards men are more enraged -- fathers of daughters are concerned about their future."

Sasha Bronner

'This Is Not Healthy' | Sasha Bronner | Posted 12.18.2011 | Los Angeles

Last night at the Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills, California, an intimate group gathered to screen a documentary that is garnering lots of at...

'Miss Representation': When will Women Wise up and Rise Up?

Darryle Pollack | Posted 12.17.2011 | Women
Darryle Pollack

The women of yesterday freed themselves from girdles and burned their bras, only to see today's women stuffed in Spanx and sporting silicone.

How to Use Sexualized Halloween Costumes to Discuss the Power of Mothers and Daughters

Joyce McFadden | Posted 12.10.2011 | Parents
Joyce McFadden

When my daughter was twelve, I asked her what she and her girlfriends were going to be for Halloween. She casually mentioned that one of the girls in her class was going to be a prostitute, and one of the boys would be going as her pimp.

Gloria Steinem for Miss Representation: What's New Is Old

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 10.19.2011 | Women
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

This week HBO premiered a new documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words, on the life of visionary feminist leader Gloria Steinem. To celebrate the film an...


Ilene H. Lang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ilene H. Lang

Miss Representation, which premiered on Saturday in New York City, explores how one-dimensional, hypersexualized images of women in mainstream media reinforce negative gender stereotypes.