Must-see Film “Miss Representation” Opens Eyes

Monkey see, monkey do. That’s not quite accurate. Monkeys don’t just copy what they see. But humans do. Emulation is the primary way that humans learn–and they often do it quite indiscriminately.  And no, it’s not because people are just stupid. It’s part of the human design. We learn by watching. With that said, I hope to underscore the social significance of the documentary that I’m about to recommend that you see.

I had the privilege of screening the film, Miss Representation (written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom) at the Women’s Media Center.  It certainly gets the Healing Man Healing Woman (HMHW) media award from me because this film reflects what HMHW is about.  The film, which riveted audiences at the Sundance Film Festival, “exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.  The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.” ~ ( If you think you’ve seen this type of film before, heard this type of discussion before, believe me, you haven’t. Not like this.  And if you’ve ever played Healing Man, Healing Woman, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Miss Representation is a game changer and it’s sure to be an eye-opener for many. For those of you hosting your own HMHW discussion groups and events–and especially those of you playing the game at home with your families or  working with women and girls–I encourage you not only to see this documentary, but to play at least one round of Healing Man Healing Woman in connection with the themes, topics and insights from the movie. (Get the game online at

Miss Representation will air nationally on the Oprah Winfrey network Thursday, Oct. 20th at 9pm.  This film is something we should all be talking about.

Newest Miss Representation Trailer (2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) from Miss Representation on Vimeo.

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