I recently watched ‘Miss Representation,’ a documentary about how the media portrayal of women impacts on the limited numbers of women in positions of power. I highly recommend watching it. Although it is focused on the US, it is a reflection of the media across the globe and is informative and thought provoking.
- Stop buying tabloid magazines. Those ones which have a ‘circle of shame’ around ‘fat’ parts of women’s bodies. They are fuelling the way men and women view women, they make it seem like looking good should be a priority. #NotBuyingIt to call out these outlets on their sexism.
- Do not watch tv shows or movies which objectify women. Stop watching those films that refuse to show women as strong characters and make them constantly rely on men for everything. They are not accurate portrayals and they’re boring, we’ve seen it all before.
- If you’re a writer, write strong female characters into your stories. Show your readers that women are people to. They are not just props for male characters.
- #MediaWeLike for any media outlets which are positive for and empower women.
Remember that women are powerful, we can be powerful regardless of what the media might tell us. Women can be leaders. Women can be successful. Women can change the world. And it will not only benefit women but everyone. If women are encouraged to enter politics then government’s will be more representative. If the media starts to show that women are more than their bodies, women will start to believe it too.