I found this film to be quite thought provoking for me and quite relevant to today’s environment. The one thing that explicitly stood out to me was the juxtapositions that this film pointed out. The two extremes of the spectrum that create toxic environments. In fact I noticed but never fully realized the depth of the oversexualization of our media images and the immensely narrow representation of what is considered‘beautiful’ or ‘sexy’. The majority of women are not represented within this small representation and this is what the public is taught to be desirable. Every woman has there own insecurities but it was especially heartbreaking to see the degree of its effect for young girls. It is no surprise with the rise of movements like thinspiration and the proliferation of platforms that enable these trends (Instagram) these ideals become even more ingrained. Within prime years where girls are just trying to mold themselves, the media depicts two opposite sides of the spectrum, the sexy female who is often celebrated and the high achiever who often receives backlash and is stereotyped as a bitch, too uptight, has no work life balance, or is dominating. Within ages where girls are trying to find their place and are longing to belong, these two opposite depictions can be problematic.
The range of power makers and influencers she got on board were amazing and it definitely gave the documentary a new insight and credibility. I found the wide disconnect between what the media depicts and the changes in todays societal roles to have great shift from reality. The film, I felt, was a powerful and thought provoking piece of work that truly called to action the need for change in the current media depictions of women.
While I truly enjoyed the film and felt it was a important piece of work there were a few points that I felt could have been stronger. While I understand that the producer was personally effected by this topic, I felt the introduction of the film, her story, did not add as much to the film as it could. The way and the tone that she told her story was too soft, a little passionless, and felt almost ‘weak’. I felt it could have been more effective to be stronger and bring more passion/call to action within the retelling of her story. I also felt there could have been some stronger graphics/visuals within the film in regard to explaining the statistics.
Other than that, I enjoyed that she brought in the two ends of the spectrum both within pop culture figures, politicians, and journalists. I felt this was a important film and am looking forward to viewing her newest film the mask you live in.