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Miss Representation

Limiting narratives we feed our children about what it is to be a woman and what it is to be a man.

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The documentary -Miss Representation- by The Rep Project, is a pledge to represent the change we want to see for women & girls. 
It will be screened within the Women Summit 2014 at the NYU School of Engineering Brooklyn campus, this Friday, March 7th at noon.
Find more info here.

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Daniel, check this interview which highlights how gender-related behaviors are ingrained since childhood:
http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/what-young-indians-think-of-women-safety-women-are-thought-to-behave-submissively-from-young-age

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Daniel, I enjoyed this video and am now currently exploring the website. Thank you for sharing this. Upon first glance, it appears to be very US-centric (although some of their statistics include international facts). I'm curious to see your thoughts and ideas as we progress to use this research as an approach for more international, lower income regions. What does the information that this organization is about mean to you specifically? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Equality has to be forged before birth. The way human has evolved and structured the way we pass along knowledge generation after generation, is begin slowly and organically changing but has a lot of misleading stereotypes still. I will like to see an increasing number of families that defy those stereotypes in the pursue of equality at all levels, gender in particular. The way parents educate their children is the first step. Pledges like this documentary should be used as tools to spread the word and spark the discussion that help us reshape our society.

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Great project Daniel. Thanks for sharing. Kimberley, you're right that it's very American centric although I guess with a few variation it probably reflects many of the narratives in various countries around the world. Whatever the doll looks like, dolls are usually associated with girls than with boys. I'm sure we can come up with a long list.

Even if the "artifacts" and behaviors change across countries, and stereotypes might be enacted in different ways, the idea that they are ingrained perceptions and behaviors associated to gender roles (which are socially constructed).

See for example this study http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/when-women-think-they-deserve-it

This inspiration also reminded me of the soul of the city and its use of social learning theory: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/soul-city-edutainment-and-social-learning-theory

Another related post and conversation: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/what-does-women-s-empowerment-look-like