Hello there hetero men, I’ve got a question for you. If you were on a vacation with some male friends and had a choice between sleeping in a bed with one of your friends and sleeping on a cold, uncomfortable floor, which would you choose?
Carlos Andrés Gómez made some interesting points about that scenario in his post, “Straight Guy in Bed With Another Man” on The Good Men Project. He talks about his experience traveling abroad and how, despite considering himself “one of those groundbreaking, ‘post-gender’ dudes who’d be able to share a bed with another guy and not have it be a big deal,” he had some insomnia-inducing anxiety about sharing a bed with his best friend.
“I thought about the source of all of this anguish produced by simply sharing a bed with another man. I thought of the sometimes subtle but mostly heavy-handed ways in which I had been socialized to be repulsed by anything even suggestive of male intimacy or affection…”
How women are portrayed in the media is an interesting and often complex topic with layers of internalized sexism. Obviously there are offensive and degrading representations of women, and media, like most of the industries, is dominated by men. Which means women aren’t often part of the decision-making process about media publications or ads.
This promo for the film Miss Representation talks with several inspiring feminists about what the problems are, what the consequences are and how we can change them.
As a woman who is also a part of the media I completely agree that it is vital to have more women in positions of power not only in the media, but also in government and regulating bodies.
I hope you enjoy this short video about Miss Representation, and that it can help bring about some thought-provoking conversation and hopefully some change in the media environment.
- Miss Representation, a review (synthesistchronicles.wordpress.com)
- Inspirational Ladies (and a cool dude called John Safran) (stepback.wordpress.com)
- Gender Equality in the Media: The New Social Movement (theairspace.net)