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“Miss Representation” Screenings to Include Local Teen Girls

MissRep2Miss Representation, a documentary film that links the media’s portrayal of women to the dearth of women in leadership positions, will be screened on the UT campus, with a special screening aimed at local teen girls.

Miss Representation will be shown at 3:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, in UT’s Hodges Library auditorium (1015 Volunteer Blvd.). Guided group discussions will take place at 5:30 p.m. A special invitation to the 3:30 film screening is extended to teenage girls, though everyone is welcome to attend either screening.

With stories from teenage girls and interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem, the film exposes how mainstream media portrayals of women and girls contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America — and arms the viewer with a new perspective.

Miss Representation covers some challenging topics. Parents and group leaders are advised to preview the trailer before making plans to attend.

Seating is limited to 150. Anyone planning to bring a group of 10 or more, or anyone needing disability related accommodations, should contact Rachel Radom, or 865-974-6107, as soon as possible.

The screenings are sponsored by the YWCA, the Feminist Action Collective, the UT Libraries, Department of Sociology, College of Social Work, and the Center for the Study of Social Justice.

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