I know folks use the phrase “must watch” video very loosely
This is a must watch video.
Yes, it’s 8 minutes long (for RSS readers, click here), but it’ll likely be some of the best used 8 minutes of this month. I’ll refrain from saying the best used 8 minutes of your life (and it’s only a trailer) because that would be sad if watching a video is the highlight of your life.
The video, entitled Miss Representation, is about the gender inequity in this country – shaped largely by the media. The point is very simple:
It is dangerous to be a woman in our society.
Or to put it more bluntly from my male perspective: I thank God that I am a man and not a woman.
Regarding the media, it’s easy to vilify the media (and because they deserve it!) but when we’re such easy consumers and mindless pushovers, we need to really do a deep self-examination. For example:
Americans watch an average 31 hours of TV in a week, listen to 17 hours of music, and have 3 hours dedicated to movies =
an average of 10.45 hours a day of media influence
We have to self-monitor ourselves because let’s be honest, the media (in all of its forms) aren’t particularly invested in the development and beauty of our human souls. Granted, they have an agenda, too, and it’s not “spiritual formation.” I’m often reminded of this quote (granted from a larger context) from Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney:
“We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make a statement. We are here to make money.”
If you didn’t know, now you know…
As I’ve contended before on my blog, the treatment of women is the oldest injustice in human history. It’s so old and so taken for granted, that we don’t quite understand what’s at stake – not just for women, but really, for all of us. In more nuanced and simultaneously graphic ways, women are objects to be objectified and marketed and packaged for consumption. And these messages start early and often in human development and identity.
“Girls are taught at a every young age their worth is dependent on what they look like. Their body and not their mind.”
Couple years ago, one of my daughters was celebrating her 8th birthday and had about 9 of her friends from school at a sleepover party. While they watched movies, talked, laughed, and played games, I tried my best not to interfere but on one occasion, I slowly walked down the stairs to the basement where they were playing and was absolutely heartbroken over their conversation.
These 8 and 9-year-old girls were going around and sharing with each other…how much weight they wanted to lose.
Yes, you read that correctly:
…how much weight they should lose.
According to the video:
78% of girls hate their bodies by the age of 15. 65% have an eating disorder. 17% cut themselves, and the number of cosmetic surgeries quadrupled on women ages 17 from 1997 and 2007 and have increased six fold since.
So, please watch the video.
Share the video – especially with our sons and daughters.
And let’s work towards creating a more beautiful world where our identities are not rooted in warped and twisted perspective of objectification, consumption, and distorted power.
This is why the Gospel of Christ is so powerful and important.
Jesus’ death not only reconciles sin but his life reveals the true reflection and way of the Kingdom. The apostle Paul captures this vision of the Kingdom so compellingly in Galatians 3:28 when he subverts the dominant worldview through the lens of the Kingdom:
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Such powerful words. Such beautiful vision of what God intended and promises to restore. And so with that vision and path in mind, may we all work together to create a more just world where we can honor and celebrate the unique ways in way God created us rather that using our differences to manipulate, exploit, and rule over.
Here’s the video. Enjoy or better yet: Get Angry…
And make sure to watch this, too. It’s probably one of the most informative 5 minute videos I’ve seen about the dehumanization of women.