I am watching the documentary Miss Representation and felt compelled to write as I watched. Miss Representation is a documentary on women’s representation in the media. It is a description of how women are being disempowered. When children are eight years old, an equal number of boys and girls will say that they want to be President of the United States. By the teen years, a big disparity in the numbers appear because the girls have been discouraged from reaching for leadership positions. They are dejected by the messages our society sends. Just look at MTV or any fashion magazine. The documentary is asking the question, “When will this end? Who will lead us to a different perception of women?”
What if the step moms become our leaders? We are the microcosm of every female mis-perception. The perception is well accepted. We are the bitch. We marry our husbands for money. We are certainly not intelligent. Our husbands marry us for our youth or how we look. For those of us that are not young or beautiful, then our husbands marry us because they didn’t want to be alone. Of course, we always hate our step children and are jealous of them, especially the daughters. The ex-wife has to hate us and we have to hate her in return.
When you read this description, it really isn’t that different than the subtle messages that young girls get everyday. Think of the movies that you see. Girls have to be jealous of one another and their appearance is the primary concern. They are always husband-seeking. Their intelligence is never mentioned.
Don’t you think it is odd that women are purposefully disempowered? Don’t you think it’s weird that these messages about women have been delivered since the beginning of time? I have a theory. Women hold incredible magical powers which include childbirth. We have been entrusted with the power to proliferate other human beings. Have you ever felt that power within you? I have. It is like a ‘knowing’. I wonder if males noticed this power and it frightened them? The result is a life long effort to squelch the shaman-esque nature that all women hold. Funny thing is that the power is in the ability to heal. Not money. Not being the CEO.
At the end of the day, all women are treated like the evil stepmother.