Drop everything you’re doing and watch these films!

Media clearly has something against women. There just aren’t enough women making movies about women, and those movies that do exist don’t get the attention they deserve. Documentaries are unfortunately in the same situation when it comes to gender equality. Luckily, there are organizations and women out there making a difference that deserve to be… Continue Reading →

Miss Representation is exposing American media

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/28066212[/vimeo]I have to be honest with you – I’m tired of seeing blog post after blog post depicting the fallacies of the media. I’m tired of reading about sexism, objectification, and disrespect. I’m tired of feeling hopeless about the state of gender representation in the media. Luckily, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new, edgy documentary Miss Representation… Continue Reading →

Fair or Not? The Snow White Complex

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrd7SV5MAFw&feature=player_embedded#![/youtube] I love this documentary from filmmaker M. Hansa M. about how Eurocentric standards of beauty have become prominent across the globe, and how those beauty standards promote and exacerbate sexism and racism. In just eleven minutes, “Fair or Not?” addresses the many connections between racism, sexism, colonialism and exoticism, painting a clear and troubling… Continue Reading →

“Make Me Young” makes us think about the world of anti-aging

I laughed, I cried, I contemplated Botox. It’s true – filmmaker Mitch McCabe’s awesome documentary, Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain, was a serious roller-coaster ride through the world of anti-aging, stirring up all kinds of emotions. The daughter of a plastic surgeon, Mitch explores her fascination with going under the knife by traveling… Continue Reading →

“Thin” is Thick with Reality

Brittany started dieting at age 12 because she wanted to look like her classmates. After gaining weight in an eating disorder treatment center, the under 100-pound teen grabs at the skin under her chin, sobbing. She thinks she has a double chin. Shelly has a tube that runs out of her stomach because she’s so… Continue Reading →

Reared to Compete: Toddlers and Tiaras

While previous generations were playing with Barbies, current younglings are opting to become Barbie – and their mothers don’t seem to mind. In a current reality TV series on TLC, Toddlers and Tiaras, the cameras follow young girls and their mothers in their quest to win beauty pageants. Beauty pageants have always been scrutinized, and… Continue Reading →