December 14, 2012

"Miss Representation"

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Marcia Franklin talks with producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom about her documentary "Miss Representation," which examines the often degrading ways in which the media depict girls and women.

Using clips from political commentators, movies, commercials, the internet and gaming sites, Siebel Newsom illustrates how women are being objectified by the media, and discusses the potential link between that phenomenon and the lack of women in higher office. For instance, currently women only comprise 18% of the U.S. Congress. Also, according to Siebel, only 3% of top positions in communication, entertainment and publishing are held by women.

She and Franklin also discuss the social action campaign that has grown out of the film to help combat the negative images of girls and women.