The above is a video from Miss Representation, a non-profit that was birthed from a film. I went to see a screening of the documentary last night. Their trailer made the social network rounds several months ago so I was excited for the chance to see the film. A lot of the message I’d heard before, but sometimes it’s good to be reminded how important even the little choices are. Which leads me to my next point.
I went home after the screening and turned on the TV and indulged in my guilty pleasure- Criminal Minds- an absurd procedural TV show starring Mandy Patinkin. It’s about the behavioral analysis group of the FBI. Half way thru I started to feel a little sick to my stomach. This particular episode was about a teenaged boy who fantasizes about killing prostitutes. Less in an hour before I had been patting myself on the back for seeing an important, thought provoking documentary about the portrayal of gender in media. Hypocrite much? These procedurals perpetuate the image of women as victims and men as monsters. I’m taking a vow starting today- no more cop shows. No forensic shows. No more shows where women get killed. Anyone else with me?