A Further Look At Sexism

A limited number of copies of the document will be available from church. A sign up sheet is available in the narthex. Here at UIF, we recently concluded a study of the proposed ELCA Social Statement on “Faith, Sexism and Justice”. The Justice ministry is now offering the opportunity to view the documentary Miss Representation:

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

The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message we 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 33rd out of the 49 highest income countries when it comes to women in the national legislature. And it’s not better outside of government. Women make up only 4.6% of S&P 500 CEOs and 17% of directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.

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

leave the audience shaken., but armed with a new perspective.

-->See more at: http://therepresentationproject.org/film/miss-representation/about-the-film/#sthash.K2bKUzS0.dpuf.

The documentary is available now on Netflix for subscribers. If you do not have Netflix and are interested in viewing it, a screening will be held in a congregant's private home on July 29 at 10:00 am. A sign up sheet is available on the table outside the sanctuary. Sign up is limited to 12 and a waiting list will be developed for interest beyond this limit. A second viewing will be scheduled if indicated. See any Justice ministry member for more information. We hope you will join us to be educated on this important subject.

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