Though we only watched about 15 minutes of Miss Representation, it affected me a lot. Perhaps it was the man in the film who expressed his thought that women shouldn’t be in political office because of “PMS and mood swings” that made me angry and pensive. Or perhaps it was the loud male laughter coming from the back of the room after that statement was made. It forced me to realize that women’s political careers were merely jokes to the very citizens of the country that they try to improve. Women who have spent their lives trying to better their country’s government and affect change should not be seen as a punchline. The decisions that women leaders make while in office should not be blamed on biological processes. Things have to change, and after yesterday’s class, I’m not so hopeful that our generation will be the one to change it.
This film made me think about the nearly impossible balance of femininity and toughness that women have to possess to be taken seriously in politics. Femininity and toughness are not mutually exclusive. However, society has separated them so that it’s almost impossible for a woman to get the respect she deserves in the political world.