Miss Representation (in Youth Ministry)

Miss Representation 3 minute Trailer 8/24 from Miss Representation on Vimeo.

I just saw the trailer for Miss Representation, a documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival this spring. The film looks at the media portrayals of what it means to be a woman, and how these messages hold women back from becoming strong leaders in American society. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I think it would be really interesting to watch, especially in context of youth ministry.

I know a lot of women who are pastors and youth ministers. But just flipping through the program book for a youth ministry conference I recently attended, I discovered men outnumbered women at least 3-to-1 in the speaking/presenting line-up.

Yes, many people across the church (including the leadership staff for that conference I attended) are working to lift up underrepresented voices. But we have a long way to go, especially since our actions send messages to young people in our congregations about the place and value of women in the body of Christ.

Which is why Miss Representation intrigues me. They’re asking what we can do to make sure girls don’t think youth, beauty, and sexuality are all they have to offer the world. Seems like that’s a question the church and youth ministries should be asking too.

Has anyone else watched this film? What do you think?

(Want to see more? Check out the extended trailer.)
(Video HT Cathy Zielske)

One thought on “Miss Representation (in Youth Ministry)”

  1. Since watching this trailer, I’ve had similar thoughts. In fact, I contacted the filmmakers to schedule a screening at my church; the middle school and high school youth group I work with is mostly young women– by about a 9-to-1 margin. If not for the incredibly steep cost required to show Miss Representation, it would be a staple piece for a winter retreat.

    The sea of media messages we swim in is something the church really needs to dive into. This is a great time to be involved in ministry with young folks, if for no other reason than the opportunities we have to address some of these incredibly messy issues.

    Thanks for what you do, Bethany– see you in New Orleans?

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