Miss Representation

Synopsis: Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
Genre: Documentary
  1 win & 1 nomination.
85 min

things changed as I got older.

A few days before my 7th birthday,

my older sister Stacy died

in an accident.

I blamed myself for her death,

and out of guilt and sadness,

I tried to be two daughters

instead of one.

I channeled my pain

into excelling in sports and school.

But no matter how hard I tried

I somehow felt inadequate.

I became increasingly

susceptible to peer pressure

and the bombardment of media messages

telling me that being strong,

smart, and accomplished

was not enough.

To be a woman

meant constantly striving

for an unattainable ideal of beauty

and approval in the eyes of men.

So when a trusted peer

and, later, a coach

preyed upon my vulnerability

and violated me,

I was so frightened and ashamed

I completely shut down.

My self-worth

was at an all-time low

and I developed an eating disorder

that consumed two years of my life.

It took a lot of love and support

for me to find my strength again.

And although my experiences

are unique,

my struggle is all too common.

It's always hard

being a teenage girl,

but now the media disseminates

such limiting portrayals of women

and pervades

every aspect of our culture.

Is it any wonder teen girls feel

more powerless than ever'?

I want a different world

for my daughter and her generation.

But a lot has to change first.

We see so much in the media

that there's so much negativity

towards women

and their weight and how they look,

and it's just a representation

of the pressure we feel

to conform to man's ideals.

There's this concept

of the perfect woman

who looks this certain way,

and because women

may not look that way,

they're scrutinized.

I remember fifth grade,

I was worrying about my weight.

And now I'm in ninth grade.

I'm still worrying about my weight.

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Jacoba Atlas

Jacoba Atlas is an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning writer and producer, with extensive experience as a broadcast executive at NBC News, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, and PBS. Currently, she is President of Creative Visions Productions, a multimedia company whose mission is to use media to inform, engage, and inspire. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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