Film Challenges Sexism in the Media and Empowers Women; Screening Thur., Nov. 1

Sponsored by the OSU Wesley Foundation and OSU Panhellenic Council

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America

Local Screening:  There will be a local screening of Miss Representation on Thursday, Nov 1st  at 6pm at the OSU Wesley Foundation, at 823 West University.  After the screening, there will be community discussion led by OSU Wesley Staff. The screening is free and open to the public. Due to the nature of the topic, the screening is suggested for mature audiences.

Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists, and academics like Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem.  The film offers startling facts and statistics to leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.

“I made Miss Representation because we live in a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, and the collective message the media send to our young women and men is that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader,” Newsom said. “I wanted to shed a light on this problem, because if we don’t question that thinking and work to change it, we are going to continue to be marginalized.”

In response to overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action in support of the film’s message, Newsom founded the organization that has become The Representation Project in April 2011.Using film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their human potential.

Learn more about The Representation Project, including our second film The Mask You Live In and guidance on how to join the movement, at www.therepresentationproject.org

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