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March 30, 2012 by Katie

IT’S FRIDAY!!!! Congratulations, you made it! Haha, who doesn’t feel that way most Fridays?

When I got home from running some errands yesterday, there was a giant blue box in my apartment building’s lobby: PIRATE’S BOOTY!

I’d won a giveaway from the Celiac Chicks a while back and had practically forgotten about it, so it was quite a surprise when I saw the box! Plus, who doesn’t smile when they see a giant blue box for them with the words “Pirate’s Booty” on it? The name always makes me laugh.

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The only problem? What in the world am I going to do with all this Pirate’s Booty?!!? It’s all Aged White Cheddar, which I love, but geez! Haha it’s going to take a while to get through! I think some will be donated to friends and family in the area…

 

Now on to more important things. Before I went to South Carolina and Colorado for Spring Break, I saw the movie Miss Representation, which was played at my school. I was lucky they were playing it, and for free! I’d heard about the movie from Janae at Hungry Runner Girl and knew I had to see it if I had the chance.

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Miss Representation is a documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and it’s also aired on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network): “The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

The film was filled with interviews with people from high school students to politicians, celebrities and academics. Some included Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi, Margaret Cho and Condoleezza Rice. I loved these interviews because they gave their own perspectives about how they are treated in the media world, as well as what kind of affect they believe the media has and will have on younger generations.

The film talked about how women are portrayed in things like music videos, TV shows, movies and commercials, which I expected. What I did not expect was their discussion on how women politicians are portrayed. Not having a TV (and okay, not being especially intrigued by politics), I hadn’t really thought about how women politicians are portrayed in media. The film showed several clips and read pieces from articles that completely shocked me. These “journalists” spent more time focusing on their physical appearance than on their stance on issues. My jaw was on the floor for half the film, I wish so badly I had thought to write down some of these quotes, I think you would be shocked as well.

Some other things from the film that I found very interesting were that when young men see women as objects on television or in video games, then that leads to them to treat women like objects, resulting in physical and sexual abuse. Also in regards to men, media often portrays emotions as weak, making young boys feel like they cannot share their emotions, which leads them to express it in unhealthy ways.

I highly recommend seeing this film if you get the chance! You can find screenings near you by clicking on this link.  Also, CLICK HERE if you want to learn more about the issues discussed in the film (I barely grazed the surface in this post!).

Here are some stats from their website:

  • Women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media (telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising).
  • Women comprise 7% of directors and 13% of film writers in the top 250 grossing films.
  • The United States is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives (the equivalent body in Rwanda is 56.3% female).
  • Women are merely 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs.
  • About 25% of girls will experience teen dating violence.
  • The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth 18 or younger more than tripled from 1997 to 2007.
  • Among youth 18 and younger, liposuctions nearly quadrupled between 1997 and 2007 and breast augmentations increased nearly six-fold in the same 10-year period.
  • 65% of American women and girls report disordered eating behaviors.

 

I would not consider myself a “feminist” by any means, but I found this movie to be very interesting, it got me thinking, and it revealed a lot to me that I never realized. Definitely go see it if you get the chance!

 

Have you seen the film? What did you think? If you haven’t, would you see it?

Any Pirate’s Booty fans out there? Recent giveaway winners?


37 comments »

  1. Laura says:

    Hi Katie, great post! I think I will have to see that movie sometime soon…it sounds very interesting. I’m just curious, I guess, why you wouldn’t consider yourself a “feminist.” Feminists, to my mind, come in all shapes, sizes, and persuasions. To me, a feminist is someone who believes in, and advocates for, equal rights and opportunities for women. There are of course issues with the feminist movement (which I’d love to talk about, if anyone wants!). But in line with that definition, I would consider myself a feminist….but in general, I think there are a variety of different feminisms and you do not necessary need to agree with all aspects of each feminism to be a feminist.

    I’ve seen the rejection of the “feminist label” floating around the blogosphere before and it just strikes me as interesting. To me, all you healthy living/eating bloggers are advocating for women — as powerful, capable individuals with positive self-images.

    Thoughts, anyone? What do you think of the label “feminist?”

    (I also love Pirate’s Booty….but that’s a boatload of booty! :) )

    • Hey Laura, thanks for your thoughts! And I really don’t mean “feminist” in any kind of negative way and honestly I’m not much for labels, I just didn’t want people to be scared off by the movie by thinking it’s too extreme!

      • Laura says:

        I totally understand what you mean about labels. :) They become rather restrictive and limiting, in a way. I was just interested in the negative/extreme reputation feminism has gotten….when I think feminism can mean so many different things. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on the movie….and I look forward to reading your blog every morning. :)

    • Cate says:

      Well said Laura!

      There are lots of different facets of feminism and unfortunately it seems there is a strong perception that being a feminist is a bad thing, which it isn’t really.
      I had a teacher in high school (and later in college) ask the class to raise their hand if they were a feminist and a some people did. Then he asked if they believed women and men should be treated equally and given the same opportunities and pretty much everyone raised their hand, “Well, that means you’re a feminist or agree with the idea of feminism!”
      I understand being uncomfortable labeling yourself as a feminist, (I was for a while) but if being a feminist means that I think women should have the same rights and respect as men, then I will wear that label!

  2. I would definitely consider watching this. On numerous occasions, I’ve felt objectified and/or belittled because I’m a young woman working in a male-dominated field. I think the biggest insult I’ve encountered was when I had a casual conversation with a male coworker about pairing up for group assignments in college and he actually accused me of “batting my eyelashes” to exempt myself from doing the work. Another degrading moment was when a group of females and I were eating lunch in our facility break room and a male coworker said he’d be steering clear of the “PMS table”. Harumph!

    PS, your blog is the first thing I read in the morning and it always brightens my day!

    • I definitely think women get comments like that – no one would accuse a man of flirting in a business setting! And THANK YOU! You totally just made my day, I’m glad you enjoy reading!

  3. What is Pirate’s Booty?

  4. Love Pirate’s Booty! I recently won compression shorts from Julie’s blog (pbfingers) and I love them!

  5. BaileyA says:

    That sounds like a very interesting documentary, and right up an Anthro-nerd’s alley. I’ll certainly have to check it out.

    The interesting thing, though, is that more women now hold managerial positions than men. At least, that’s what The Atlantic has to say on the subject. And it’s changing the way that women view their dating potentials and future husbands. This is an incredibly long article, but at least read through page 2 to get the gist: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/all-the-single-ladies/8654/

  6. clairerd says:

    I LOVE Pirates Booty – smaller packages would help my addiction. :)

  7. I love Pirates Booty! :D I actually saw this movie in one of my sociology classes and I was shocked to hear some of the things I did in the movie as well! I knew that discrimination against women existed in the work place but it was eye opening to hear these politicians and journalists talk about the same issues. It really just amazes me that we still have SO far to go with regards to equality and expectations between men and women

  8. i haven’t seen the film, but i am definitely intrigued by it and would absolutely go if i had the opportunity!
    i LOVE pirate’s booty! enjoy! :)

  9. That sounds like an interesting film for sure…it is SO sad to me that the world often portrays women as objects and lesser than men. We are DIFFERENT, yes, but that is what makes a woman a woman-and makes her great. We were not supposed to be men! But we’re also supposed to be respected, loved, and treated as the eventual queens we all are and can become.

    I want some of that ‘booty’ ;)

  10. Haven’t seen the movie but definitely wouldn’t mind seeing it! I am obsessed with Pirate Booty! I try not to buy it because I could eat the whole bag in 2 days :)

  11. I always find it funny when women say they are not a ‘feminist’. If you believe that women should be treated equal to men then you are a feminist! I know what you meant by that though but I don’t think that the popular ball breaking perception of what a feminist is, is correct at all. We should all be feminists! Great post I’d love to see that film :-)

  12. kitkat1126 says:

    I read about the movie on Janae’s page and now I really want to see it!

    I looooove me some pirate’s booty!!!

  13. Oh what a great package! That’s a great thing to come home to! That sure is a lot though! ha

    I’ve never seen this film, but have heard lots from it! It’s sad that women are still seen not as equals. It’s been how many years?! Seriously! I too am not really a “feminist”, but after reading this it makes me realize how bad it truly is! Sounds like a great film though, I need to check it out!

  14. Michelle says:

    I haven’t seen that film, but heard about it on Janae’s blog. It looks great and I wish I could show it to my middle school girls – they are definitely at a pivotal point when learning about so many of those issues can empower them!

  15. I love that popcorn! Haven’t had any of the kind in a while, but it’s so yummy!

  16. Awesome post, Katie! I’ve heard about Miss Representation, but have yet to see it. The statistics you listed are disturbing; here we are thinking gender bias has drastically improved over the past 100 years (and it HAS improved, BUT…), and yet only 17% of the seats in the House are filled by women? Only 3% of Fortune 500 CEO’s are female? We have a long way to go, sista! I’m glad movies like this are raising awareness about the facts though.

    White Cheddar Pirates Booty is uh-maazing! I’ll come over and help you eat it, if you’re willing to share. ;)

    Happy weekend! xoxo

  17. Cate says:

    Gosh that’s a lot of Pirate’s Booty! I haven’t had it in awhile, but it is so darn good. :) There was period last year where I had it almost every day with lunch.

    I have heard about Miss Representation and really want to see it. It sounds just up my alley and really interesting. It would be great if it came available on Netflix or something…

    nice post, I’m glad the film was good! :)

  18. I didn’t get to see that documentary but it came to my school, I was just working. I really do want to see it though, those are some interesting facts. Oh and I LOVE Pirate Booty!

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