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Women Have the Right For Positive Representation
As an audience, we look at storytelling to see different viewpoints. More importantly, we look for characters that are relatable like us. This is no exception with film and television. In fact, most audiences view entertainment through film and television. However, not everything has equal representation. On July 22, 2019, a documentary came to theaters discussing the fight of women equality. This documentary’s name is This Changes Everything. This Changes Everything is an interview documentary interviewing woman like Geena Davis, Patty Jenkins, and other well-known women in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, this film expresses the ongoing concerns of women fighting for equality in the entertainment industry. With that being said, I feel like this film expresses the ongoing process of women equality. In this review, we’re examining how This Changes Everything shows the importance of women equality in the entertainment industry.
This Changes Everything Explains that Media Shapes Perspective of Life
There is no denying that media shapes our perspective of life. When we look at entertainment, the audience is expecting to see a character that reflects themselves. If we constantly see characters that are stereotypes, that’s going to give a negative viewpoint of the world. One of the things that I enjoy about this documentary is that the narrators are asking the audience to think. More specifically, they’re asking about how has entertainment shape your own viewpoint of the world. With this in mind, the entertainment industry still shows itself as a man’s industry. The inclusion of women writers and directors is so important to keep a balance perspective on the world. More importantly, having this balance of genders can help bring more positive stories to entertainment. One place in history where equality wasn’t a problem is in the silent film era.
Women Reach Equality in the Silent Film Era
Within this documentary, the narrators discuss women during the silent film era. More specifically, women during this time were directors, writers, actresses, and producers. In fact, both men and women help share the films that studios would make. One of the things that I like about hearing this is the fact that people were making films for the passion. When you watch the documentary, the audience can feel the different narrators wanting this again. This point is the key stone for many advocates of this movement. Gender shouldn’t be a factor into the creation of entertainment. Everyone was trying to make creative projects in this new piece of entertainment. Personally, that’s how media should be made. Plus, this gives others the chance to tell their own stories. However, as the documentary explains, everything changes for women with the introduction of sound in films.
The Rise of Men in the Entertainment Industry
When studios introduce sound to films, the number of women in the entertainment industry significantly declines. Geena Davis, as well as, other women explain firsthand how this change has had an effect on the entertainment industry. The information that these women express puts into perspective how much men have control in the entertainment industry. Even with the introduction of Title VII in the 1960s, the entertainment industry continues to push women out of the spotlight. This Changes Everything does an outstanding job getting the perspective of both women and men to hear both viewpoints of this change. Having both viewpoints is vital for events like this. The audience can see both viewpoints without one overshadowing the other. Additionally, we do see that both sides can agree that this change is a huge problem. As a result of this change, media began to show the perspective of men.
One Perspective of Media Begins to Show in This Changes Everything
As more men begin to take over the industry, one perspective begins to show. Throughout This Changes Everything, women in the industry come with statistics and information of how effectively men have shape entertainment. As a result, women are subjective to men. The different actresses, writers, and directors voice their own opinions on how this perspective changes their viewpoint. This Changes Everything isn’t afraid to discuss what is happening in our society as a result of the entertainment industry. I have to applaud that because the women as well as the men in this documentary aren’t sugar coating anything. Without even watching This Changes Everything, this viewpoint shows itself throughout countless number of medias. As the documentary explains, “certain films like Thelma & Louise were praise by women as realistic representations of themselves”. Even though media has had horrible representation, children’s media has greatly taken a hit as well.
Children’s Entertainment Have Set Bad Examples for Children
One of the categories that this film focuses on is children’s entertainment. As I state earlier, media shapes the perspective of our life. As a result, this type of perspective is affecting children. Geena Davis, as well as other women express boys and girl’s perspective of each other is changing. As children grow, it’s important to show realistic representation of the world. Instead of belittling one gender over another. To bring this to attention, This Changes Everything brings this troubling revelation into the documentary. Together with men in the media industry, the change for women equality begins to push itself. Without a doubt, this push is to protect the future generations. This is yet another aspect that I have to praise this documentary for. People in media are bringing the problem front and center. The other group that this film shows in need of equality is women of different ethnicity.
This Changes Everything Expresses the Lack of Representation of Women with Different Ethnicity
Within entertainment, individuals with different ethnicity have negative representation. Especially with women of different ethnicity. Only every once in a while, do films as well as television shows create equal representation. Within the documentary, several women with different ethnicity including Sandra Oh and other women express how these negative stereotypes affects others. This Changes Everything pushes that with the inclusion of different ethnic women, this will change this negative stereotype. From what some of the women say in this film, “there’s a constant status of something is wrong with me”. This can hugely affect other girls who might think something is wrong with them because of the lack of representation. This Changes Everything puts this problem into perspective with interviewing other people about their experience. After so many years of torture, women decide to fight for equality.