Women’s Intellectuality and Empowerment: In American society, the role of women has fundamentally been defined as one that is submissive and inferior to that of a man. Women have been portrayed to be more individuals of the home and sexual objects that lack the intellectuality that a man has and possess an inability to grow and prosper within society to the extent that their male counterpart can.
Feminism and Inferiority: Women’s Intellectuality and Empowerement
“Miss Representation” is a documentary produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and released in 2011, that reveals the distinct ways in which the media is advertising to the young generation the belief that women’s and young girl’s worth is rooted in their physique, beauty, youthfulness, purity, and sexuality instead of on their real and worthy characteristics, such as their capacity to be leaders, which is a fundamental element of fostering personal growth and consequentiality. “Miss Representation” emphasizes the sad and detrimental reality that men have been and are being raised in a sexist belief system where they are taught that their success is based on their level of supremacy, authority, and aggressiveness. The documentary’s goal is not only to illuminate the issue of gender roles and sexism that society strongly faces today still, but to also highlight the fact that it is imperative for everyone to value each other as whole human beings and not “gendered stereotypes” that must adjust to society’s ideal “norm”.
From “Miss Representation” is truly incredible to see the way in which society and the media affect people, especially women. By being cognizant of the fact that continuously enforcing a belief upon a group of people, one has the power to entirely cause a drastic change in the perception of the people belonging to that group is so important. This is due to the fact that by girls being objectified by society and the media, “they learn to see themselves as objects.” This is a significant issue because it is just discouraging for women. To be seen as simply an element of society that is purposeless plants this idea in the minds of not only young girls, but all women, that they are indeed inconsequential when that is entirely an erroneous belief created to prevent women from prospering. This effect is captured by the documentary when it is stated that “Seven-year-olds say they want to become president in roughly the same numbers among boys and girls. But by the time they reach age 15, the number of girls who want to be president drops off precipitously. “Women are discouraged from pursuing ambitious positions.” This declaration illustrates how lethal the portrayal of women as inequivalent, weak, and inconsequential is to the confidence of women and their status within society. The fact that as young girls grow their perception of themselves is changed so dramatically to the extent that they no longer believe in their capabilities they believed they once had is saddening and only exemplifies the importance of terminating that sexist belief system; and begin implementing and enforcing a system where men and women are equal and women’s intellectuality is not doubted or placed at a lower value. Furthermore, this documentary highlights these issues regarding sexism and the role of women within society and also highlights the importance of empowerment for women and how much positive change that can bring to society.