9/3: Miss Representation

I found the documentary “Miss Representation” to be interesting and a fairly well-made film.  I’m not sure that I learned much new from it, but I’d also say that I’m a little more informed about women’s representation than the average viewer.  I thought it was particularly effective in its use of dynamic text during the non-narrated statistics: for example, “35 women have served as US governors compared to 2,319 men.” and the accompanying dynamic text. 

In particular, these effects brought to mind this infographic, which I found fairly memorable when I came across it randomly in social media (tumblr? or facebook? maybe reddit?):

source: blog.leeandlow.com

Many of the statistics in “Miss Representation” are even lower than the 12% women vs. 88% men of this infographic– for example, the governor statistic.  I think the usage of visual representation really serves to drive the point home.

I also particulary appreciated the comparisons to other countries, because I feel that frequently criticisms of gender and race are very limited in their scope, talking only about the United States, without really recognizing that other countries exist.  However, “Miss Representation” did cite that in the U.S., there is no maternity leave, and this is a problem that is mostly a U.S. problem, as many European countries do have maternity leave.  They also cite that 71 countries have had female presidents or prime ministers, but the U.S. never has.

All in all, I enjoyed watching this movie, and it certainly had interesting statistics and interviews.  I will probably look into the other documentary by The Representation Project, listed on their website as being released in 2015: “The Mask You Live In.”

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One comment

  1. thinkdoc · September 10, 2014

    Thanks for sharing the infographic! These kind of numerical comparisons are always shocking and serve to remind us that there is a long way yet to go in achieving gender equality in representation.

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