Feminism Friday: Rewrite the Story

I finally got round to watching Miss Representation a couple of weeks ago and it’s really excellent. I can’t say I enjoyed it, because it’s infuriating, but it’s well worth a watch. (And it’s on Netflix, if you’ve got it.)

I’m very much looking forward to The Mask You Live In, the new film – about masculinity this time – from the same people, and their new promo video is good too.

Feminism Friday: Miss Representation

I’ve written about Miss Representation before, but the film is now available on iTunes in the UK – and the site is so fantastic – that I thought I’d mention it again.

The pledge:

1. Tell 5 people about the film and share one thing you learned from watching it.

2. Parents – watch TV and films with your children. Raise questions like “What if that character had been a girl instead?”

3. Remember your actions influence others. Mothers, aunts and loved ones – don’t downgrade or judge yourself by your looks. Fathers, uncles and loved ones—treat women around you with respect. Remember children in your life are watching and learning from you.

4. Use your consumer power. Stop buying tabloid magazines and watching shows that degrade women. Go see movies that are written and directed by women (especially on opening weekend to boost the box office ratings). Avoid products that resort to sexism in their advertising.

5. Mentor others! It’s as easy as taking a young woman to lunch. Start by having open and honest conversations with a young person in your life.