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Reel Feminism: Miss Representation

April 10, 2013

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We’ve got a special announcement for this month’s Reel Feminism! On April 24th, In Other Words is teaming up with the Portland Women’s Crisis Line to present Miss Representation. This acclaimed documentary explores the link between the portrayal of women in media and their representation in positions of power.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.

– (http://www.missrepresentation.org/the-film/)

Join us at the Clinton Street Theatre on Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm for a screening of Miss Representation with discussion to follow. Admission is $5-10, with anything over $5 going directly to support In Other Words.

PWCL declined our offer to split proceeds from this event, so please consider making a donation to support their invaluable program.

For more information, RSVP on Facebook and join the In Other Words presents: Reel Feminism group.

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