MissRepresentation: What are they trying to sell you?

Via Allie Bombach
on Oct 10, 2011
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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any” – Alice Walker

As a filmmaker and as a woman – this trailer shook me. There is a responsibility that we must realize in our storytelling, and it’s not just a women’s battle. Let us be brave, sincere, and move forward with whats right.

This is about both genders – share it with your community.  Watch the broadcast premiere October 20th, host a screening, and learn more at www.missrepresentation.org


  1. Women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media (telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising).
  2. •Women comprise 7% of directors and 13% of film writers in the top 250 grossing films.
  3. •The United States is 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures.
  4. •Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives (the equivalent body in Rwanda is 56.3% female).
  5. •Women are merely 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs.
  6. •About 25% of girls will experience teen dating violence.
  7. •The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth 18 or younger more than tripled from 1997 to 2007.
  8. •Among youth 18 and younger, liposuctions nearly quadrupled between 1997 and 2007 and breast augmentations increased nearly six-fold in the same 10-year period.
  9. •65% of American women and girls have an eating disorder.




About Allie Bombach

Living in her restored 1970 Airstream, Allie recently relocated to Portland, Oregon where she works as a freelance videographer and filmmaker for the outdoor industry. She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a B.A. in Business Marketing with a concentration in videography. A former raft guide and snowboard instructor, Allie found a passion in inspiring others to make the outdoors a part of their lives. Finding inspiration from the power of storytelling, she strives to promote simple living and environmental education. Only finding true peace while in between the lines, she finds “home” while on the road. An avid commuter in love with her bike, Allie is always in search for the next adventure, a good high five, and a hoppy IPA.


8 Responses to “MissRepresentation: What are they trying to sell you?”

  1. Andréa Balt says:

    Thank you so much for this article. We need to redefine beauty. Urgently. The old models are obsolete.

    The documentary above seems to only be referring to the U.S. picture but as the Global Alley shrinks the international situation in very similar. A while back I helped as a ESL teacher at an elementary school in Madrid (Spain). I did a little informative research on the kids asking them questions about role models, food and inspiration. About 99% out of 500 girls aged 6-10 answered that they wanted to be a model, a singer or an actress when they grew up and their role models were American teen singers and actresses. Only one girl out of 500 answered that she wanted to be a doctor and another, a veterinarian.

    Not to mention their answers on food and the fact that most of them couldn't identify more than two vegetables (but that's another subject).

    As one woman in the video says, there's such a big need for mentorship.

  2. Mike says:

    I’m not sure I understand this. There’s a movement around the world right now because people are fed up with the way greed and power are in control of the world. Fortune 500 companies did not get to be that way by being honest and taking into account the needs of people. Couldn’t it just be that less women feel the need for power and greed? I’m you divided the male population by greedy power driven cheats on one side and honest compassionate content men on the other, which group do you think would have more people in power? Our current system rewards greed and dishonesty. Women will have their time in power and the world will be a better place when that happens. Seems to me in order for women to thrive in our current system they would have to act like men. As we evolve as humans we will see how important women are to our existence. I’m sure there are a lot of people on this planet who have a lot more respect for their mother than the CEO of some huge company.

    Take a close look at the media, it’s a joke. I’m a man and I feel just as misrepresented by the media as any woman. It doesn’t bother me. I don’t want any part of that shit.

  3. This documentary is much needed, disturbing and empowering. It is easy to say that you can just leave the media behind, but I don't think that most people can. Especially not folks reading this blog. You must be slightly media savvy to be part of this online dialogue.
    Watching this trailer literally made me cry. And also made me feel like I had a voice. I have always struggled with the images that surround being female. This is not a gender specific issue. The way women are portrayed directly affects what it means to be a man.
    I bow to the women that made this film possible and hope to be a part of the movement to change things!

  4. candicegarrett says:

    Women don't need to act like men. There were many instances in history where power was matriarchal. The human reproductive system is based on an embryo that is programmed to be female, until signals from the Y chromosome that is only present in sperm, not in eggs, gives signals otherwise. If signalled improperly, though genetically male, the embryo will develop as a female, with the same hormones as such. There are cases throughout evolution where reproduction was done asexually: by females. There are species without males. But no species without females. Not one. Women do not need to act like men, or "more like women" or any other such nonsense. This is a comment that is based in the misogynistic phrasing of our culture and doesn't address the issue at all. What this video is about, instead, is how media is portraying women, and how powerful media is in developing sense of self for young women.

  5. Cindy says:

    You reacted Mike, you sure it "doesn't bother you"?
    Your not being persecuted you are just being a witness to another perspective!

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Another great video about women entrepreneurs! Very encouraging! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7nXsOfLB0c

  7. jill says:

    i love this. it is time for the women elders to step up and SAY it! say it with how we walk in this world regardless of where we walk. it is time for the sisterhood to gather together, divisiveness has no part in this reclaimation of what is rightfully ours, there is nothing wrong with WHO we are. i for one am not gonna take what is dished out anymore…..by anyone