Movie Review: Miss Representation

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If you haven’t seen this movie yet, watch it. Not just women, either. Everyone should be required to see this. If the facts in this film don’t move you or make you seriously concerned, you have no soul. No foolin.

America’s international standing when it comes to women’s rights and women in politics is appalling and made me ashamed to be a woman here. 90th. That’s America’s ranking for the amount of women in office among all countries. 90th!? And to top it off, 65% of countries have had a female leader, and the US is not included. For a world superpower we absolutely suck at equality. It’s disgusting and it needs to change!

Wendy Davis for President!

The film covered a lot of topics that came as no surprise to me, mostly involving objectification and ridiculous standards held for girls. And if you are a girl, they shouldn’t surprise you either. The fact that women are expected to be sex objects, charming, and beautiful or else isn’t shocking to anybody unless you have never paid attention to anything ever.

Men, you should see this movie. And stop griping. Just watch it, and see what the words and actions of you and your peers is doing to the other half of the population. And sorry but not sorry, you are all guilty of it in some way. But maybe if you saw what the things you say and think about women caused, you would think a bit differently.

Now, if you are one of the many people who believe equality is already a thing in the US, you are sadly mistaken. While this country was at the front lines of civil justice 50 years ago, we fell behind very far since then. The fact that women’s reproductive rights are being argued and mandated by a group of almost exclusively men should be more than enough proof of that.
This movie made me feel as if there’s nothing I can do to change it. So I feel the need to share it. Please just educate yourselves, and if more people could stop ignoring our problems, maybe someday we can admit them and perhaps even attempt to change. And change is something we need to stop resisting. Things AREN’T going well in the world, so can we work together and fix them?

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Overall I enjoyed watching thIs. I’m a huge baseball fan, and sports movies are all pretty similar. Obviously the story was glamorized, but there were a few truths that stood out to me. Firstly, and I feel they downplayed it as much as possible, the only reason he was allowed into baseball was a monetary one. I did catch a quote from Ford, to the effect of no matter what color the money comes from, it’s always green. And that truth hits close with the equality battles being fought in our own times. But back to the movie! My favorite character from the story was honestly his wife. She gave me a constant feeling of optimism (even though I obviously knew what was going to happen) through all the things going against them. The way Robinson was portrayed was a very human look at the internal struggles we face between what is right now, and what’s truly right and worthwhile. I will say that the whole movie felt rather rushed and shortened, even with its long run time. There were quite a few things that begged to be looked at closer, and had to hold more importance than what they were given. Also, there were quite a few relationships that didn’t feel genuine, due to the fact that the characters didn’t developed them on screen, and their closeness had to be assumed by the viewer. Another truth that shone from this was the look at how passive good people are. ¬†With few exceptions, it always seems like those with good morals never speak out for them. They’d rather sit by and watch than join a fight, so the heroes always have tougher odds than if people were just honest and supportive. But, the story was one worth seeing, especially if you don’t know much about Jackie, or about the progression of sports organizations. Probably wont watch again, but not bad.