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'Miss Representation' director is aiming to change American culture

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  • Larry Curtis
    Jan. 30, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    Thanks to everybody for commenting. People have brought up porn here, which is valid, but I think maybe we are thinking about porn in the wrong way.

    If we learn from culture, that includes movies and television, that women are objects or lesser people, porn and its depiction of women fits right in with what we already believe as a culture.

    If we taught the value of women and the value of people in general and the importance of showing that in our media, porn doesn't fit so well with the worldview. Learning at a young to value women, a message we aren't getting or giving, is just as or maybe more effective than saying "porn is bad" while demonstrating that women are background characters.

    Thanks to everybody for reading.

  • EP Sandy, Ut
    Jan. 28, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Wonderful. I hope this director gathers abundant support.

  • hatuletoh Sugarhood, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Yak_Herder: it wasn't the ONLY reaon, but it helped. There's nothing inherently wrong with striving to be aesthetically pleasing--research indicates humans have an inborn preference for attractive people and things--we just have to take care to not equate physical aesthetic and worth as a person.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Jan. 28, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    JFFR

    I'm not a Palin supporter. But it was obvious that she was being treated differently as a female, mother, and wife running for office than it was for say...John Edwards. Just look at the questions she was asked, the setting in which they were asked, and how she was portrayed in SNL.

    Yak_Herder...lol. Guilty.

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    I thought American women made great strides with Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.

    Sure we made fun of Sarah Palin, but that's because she has a funny accent and is sometimes incompetent NOT because she's a woman. Its the same reason we made fun of Bush. How's that for equal treatment?

    My guess is that this woman will never be satisfied.

  • Yak_Herder Lehi, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    I wonder how many people were motivated to read this article because of the beautiful picture of Jennifer at the lead (online).

    Thank you for the irony, Deseret News. :)

  • jdcray Richmond, VA
    Jan. 28, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    Sad to see the silence on this column. I wasn't at Sundance to see the film, but the director has taken on an important issue. Hope the film makes it to the silver screen and becomes one of those golden nuggets that originated at SD.

  • Eskimo kisses Sandy, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    I appreciate anyone that wants to take on the media and try to create change. The Real Beauty campaign by Dove is another effort to get us to look at women in a different light. There is something to what Mom of Six has said about the porn industry. It completely sensationalizes women and their role as a sex figure.

    Society has put roles on our children. Female roles and male roles. I do believe society teaches young girls that they should look for true love and if they find it they will live happily ever after. What about teaching these girls that they create their own happiness through higher education, community service opportunites, or careers. I don't put the blame on any sex in particular, I think men and women both need to recognize that change needs to happen in order for society to become a better place.

  • Mom of Six Davis County, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    Until we curb the porn industry...these sexist attitutes towards women will never change.