Analysis Of The Documentary ' Miss Representation ' Essay

895 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
The title Miss Representation is the first clue as to the content of the documentary will center on: the play on words of “misrepresentation” vs “Miss Representation” gives the sense of beauty pageant, in which women (although some pageants include contestants as young as toddlers) compete to win a superficial title based primarily on looks. The premise of the documentary is to reveals the complexities of women’s role in society, and the double standards that create the gap between the reality of women’s appearances and self-esteem, and the media portrayal of women’s bodies, which are – as the title indicates – severely misrepresented. In the film, there are several examples of the disparities between what is expected of women and the reality that many of our idols for body types are heavily edited before being distributed to the masses, and among those, the percentage of humans who are genetically created to be a similar build represent less than 5% of the various body types that exist. The media plays a huge role in how women are perceived – nearly all Americans are constantly exposed to media to varying degrees, and even the subtlest differences between how men and women are portrayed and interacted with have a huge impact on how consumers of media interpret their own roles in life. For instance, when a female Politian discusses an issues, reports might state that she “complained” vs “said” the details of the issue. From this, women and men subconsciously are reinforced…

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