ThinkActChange: "Miss Representation"­ The media, gender, power & influence.

Note: RSVP on here does not guarantee entry, to purchase tickets go to:

https://thinkactchangemissrepresentation.eventbrite.com.au

We all know that the media is powerful. But have you ever considered exactly how much influence the media has on how we view women today? In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. How and why should we change this?

At this months Think Act Change, we'll be exploring this issue by hosting a screening of Miss Representation followed by a presentation by Melinda Tankard Reist and a panel & audience Q&A.

Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. 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.

While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviours. (USA)

The film documents stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave you shaken and armed with a new perspective.

This is a must-attend event for both men and women. If you're a woman attending I encourage you to bring a man you care about in your life along too, as this is an issue that needs to be spoken about with both men and women alike.


MELINDA TANKARD REIST

Melinda Tankard Reist (www.melindatankardreist.com) is a writer, speaker, blogger, media commentator and advocate for women and girls. The author of four books and a columnist with Fairfax Media, she is also co-founder of the grassroots activist movement Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation (www.collectiveshout.org). Melinda has a long record of supporting  global projects addressing poverty, trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is named in the Australian Who’s Who of Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.

 

SARAH MCMAHON - PSYCHOLOGIST & ENTREPRENEUR

For the last 10 years Sarah has specialised in the field of eating disorders and has successfully treated over 200 individuals who have made a complete recovery from this insidious problem. Sarah is also experienced in providing treatment for the many “comorbid” issues that typically present with an eating disorder, including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder. Sarah established BodyMatters as she felt there was a dire lack of genuine, quality treatment services for eating & body image issues in Australasia & abroad. She began to notice a serious emerging public health crisis, with a war against “obesity” on the one hand & “the odd anorexic” or eating disorder sufferer as the necessary casualties of this war. Sarah touts the “health at every size” mantra as the solution to this paradox.
The mandate of BodyMatters extends beyond the treatment of people with eating issues & body shame to engaging in advocacy & prevention initiatives. In particular, Sarah has had the wonderful opportunity to be the cofounder & inaugural, immediate past chairperson of grassroots advocacy group Collective Shout . She has also been involved in other worthy organisations, including Lifeline & Endangered Bodies.

ALEX MCCLINTOCH - JOURNALIST

Alex McClintock is a freelance journalist from Sydney.  He's written about everything from pornography to AFL for the Guardian, The Monthly, The Hoopla, VICE and many others. Follow him on Twitter at @axmcc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Ines Almeida - Founder, Toward the Stars & Co-founder Brave Girls Alliance

 

Further speakers and special guests yet to be announced.

Event details:

6pm - pre event drinks at bar

6.30pm - film starts

8.00pm - presentation by Melinda

8.15pm - panel discussion

9.00pm - event ends

Further panel details to be announced soon.

 

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  • Chris L.

    Hi all, as a follow up to the last meetup, there was some discussion about what men can do to help this situation. Here is a post I wrote back in April after the Steubenville rape in the US. Just my own voice on this but hopefully something that resounds with some people, especially other men.

    https://www.facebook.com/exeric78/posts/449423685137863

    September 6, 2013

  • Helen

    If anyone else has a spare, I'll take it. I'm on[masked] 825. Thanks Helen

    September 3, 2013

    • Helen

      to check my phone so missed you all together. Thanks anyway, Helen

      1 · September 3, 2013

    • Rebecca

      never fear Helen - hope you got in regardless

      September 4, 2013

  • Neil H.

    I had a great time at my first TAC and thought the film and discussion was fantastic. Thank you to the organisers. See you at the next one.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Morag M.

    Just to let you know my spare ticket has gone. C u all there

    September 3, 2013

  • Morag M.

    Hi I know it is last minute but I have now a spare ticket avail if any one needs one my mobile no is[masked] . Morag

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Annie B

      I will grab it!

      September 3, 2013

    • Annie B

      Thanks Morag!

      September 3, 2013

  • Nucha

    A friend of mine has two tickets but won't be able to make it. Anyone wants them?

    September 3, 2013

    • Annie B

      So I guest it will be easier to meet you there Nucha... thanks so much... my mobile is[masked] 585... can you give me yours so I can call you when I get there, probably 6:10 - 6:15

      September 3, 2013

    • Irene

      Nucha, my email is [masked] :)

      September 3, 2013

  • Tania F.

    Tickets are sold out, if anyone cannot go let me know as I would like to come along only wasn't quick enough this time. Thanks. Tania

    September 3, 2013

    • Nucha

      Tania, see my post above. Still 1 ticket left. Let me know. Can meet you at the door or email it.

      September 3, 2013

  • Avis M.

    Hi All - I tried my best to get a larger cinema as sooooo many of you want tickets, but unfortunately I can't get hold of one. If you don't have a ticket, you won't be able to get in, so please dont turn up. Next time I'll book the larger cinema!

    For those who have tickets, see you later :)

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • KAren S.

    are the tickets sold out I tried to buy some but it says sold out? thanks for letting me know ks

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its true that women have under-representation in positions of power and influence.

    Its also true that women have under-representation when it comes to being the most powerless If I remember right something like 8 out 10 of homeless are men ,most of the jail pop also men ,most of work place deaths ... men I could go on

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Jimmy

      To argue with a fool proves there are Two! :-)

      1 · September 3, 2013

    • Ming

      I guess that means every single person in parliament, state and federal, is a fool ;-)

      September 3, 2013

  • Avis M.

    I'm getting a lot of messages about tickets - we are sold out - BUT I'm trying to secure a larger cinema - if I manage to get one, I'll let you know ASAP.

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome

    September 2, 2013

  • Kathy

    Do I need to pay before I come?

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Avis M.

    Hi Guys, just announced a couple of new speakers - with more to come! Book tickets here: http://thinkactchangemissrepresentation.eventbrite.com/

    August 28, 2013

  • Ray S.

    Miss representation is nothing more than the suggestive positing of truth.which is in the eyes of the beholder. What do you believe and do you have the ability to let some one express their views without seeking judgement or blame.May I express this with a poem.
    Can you see the good in others and not seek judgement nor blame?
    Can you speak well of people and not destroy their name?
    In reality it is found throwing mud is doing nothing more than losing ground.
    Can you find forgiveness, trust and understanding too?
    Then if you can your heart and eyes may open to all the good in you.

    August 26, 2013

    • Clara

      I take it you've seen the film? Can u explain what u mean regarding suggestive positioning of truth?

      August 26, 2013

    • Avis M.

      I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts at the event. Miss Representation is tackling a big issue - our aim is to start a conversation about this topic. What we believe is often what we see. That is what Miss Representation is getting at. If the media controls what we see....what does that mean. It promises to be an awesome evening with some great debate!

      3 · August 27, 2013

  • Maria C.

    Ok so Event cinemas the new venue - George st

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Avis M.

    Hey Folks! I've just managed to secure EVENT CINEMAS on George Street as the new venue (had some issues with the last venue)...this does mean the tickets are 20 instead of 15....but we'll have the opportunity to have welcome drinks at the bar & it's a way better venue, so I hope you understand. To book your tickets, go to https://thinkactchangemissrepresentation.eventbrite.com.au - the tickets are limited to 150 so get in quick!!!

    2 · August 23, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Hi

    August 17, 2013

    • Avis M.

      Howdy! See you there :)

      August 23, 2013

  • Frederick M.

    Event cinema location!? Fantastic, A! :)

    August 23, 2013

  • Gigi

    Definitely need to see this!

    August 23, 2013

  • Jimmy

    If women think they don't get a fair go, they should think again! They are doing better than most "others"

    Watch this video. Tell me when your jaws drop!

    http://www.upworthy.com/know-anyone-that-thinks-racial-profiling-is-exaggerated-watch-this-and-tell-me-when-your-jaw-drops-2

    August 15, 2013

    • Maria C.

      I totally agree with you - and am so looking forward to meeting you on the night - I have had mutual friends suggest I connect with you for ages.

      August 16, 2013

    • Melinda Tankard R.

      Thanks so much Maria - I look forward to meeting you too! Please do say hello on the night.

      August 16, 2013

  • Natalie M.

    What a great title for a film! Am keen to come

    August 16, 2013

  • Maria C.

    I am so looking forward to this!

    August 16, 2013

  • Danny G.

    I have alreay seen this movie and highly recommend it. Great thought provocation and an important message.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Melinda Tankard R.

    Looking forward to it!

    August 15, 2013

  • Melinda Tankard R.

    Looking forward to it!

    August 15, 2013

  • Kushal

    super interesting topic! can't wait :)

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Katrina

    Unfortunately I'll be away. Looks like an awesome event so enjoy.

    August 13, 2013

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