Wilton documentary takes on the media

Anyone who favors deregulation as a way to increase corporate profits should see the documentary film, “Miss Representation.”

According to this documentary, the regulations and standards that previously governed the media gradually have been weakened during the past 20 years.

Now, sex and violence appear all too frequently in music videos, television and film. Media outlets are owned by powerful conglomerates. Profits are high. Sex and violence sell.

Politicians do not want to take on these conglomerates because they will need them when it comes time for the next political campaign.

In the print media, models are airbrushed and photoshopped to look thinner and more perfect than they really are. Girls and young women compare themselves to this impossibly high standard of beauty.

Among the many costs of putting profit before the mental health of our young people are violence, depression and self-destructive behavior – especially eating disorders in girls and young women.

Instead of focusing on educational and professional goals above all, many girls are distracted and depressed by the pressure to look pretty and sexy enough.

We all lose in this scenario. Boys, as well as girls, are hurt by the barrage of sex and violence in film, music videos and television. Parents need to be educated and aware of the pressures on our young people.

Please join us for this important film. “Miss Representation” will be shown Sunday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. at Wilton Town Hall Theatre.

Admission free. Donations welcome. Sponsored by Women Making a Difference.

Jo Deckert

Amherst