Columnist Dawn Turner Trice recently wrote about the documentary "Miss Representation," which focused on female body image and media gender bias over the decades.
"The film, 'Miss Representation,' really resonated with me," Dawn wrote to me in an email exchange. "As I watched it, I kept calling my 16-year-old daughter into the room to look at segments with me. Segments regarding body image, beauty, objectification. I plan to have her and some friends -- male and female -- watch it together at our house when it airs on OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s Network, next month. I’d like to get their perspective. The YWCA’s Christine Bork is absolutely right when she says all of us -- boys and girls, men and women -- should be outraged by the way women are depicted in the media. This really is everyone’s concern."
The online version of Dawn's column received 21 comments, 111 Facebook recommendations, 26 tweets, and 203 shares. As a husband, father, and member of the media, I see this is an important issue, and I sense it's drawn a lot of attention among women. Yet, its reach probably should be more.
The story continues for the Tribune this week. Chicago Tribune Vice President/Associate Editor Joycelyn Winnecke will be participating in a panel discussion after a sold out YWCA Metropolitan Chicago screening of the film at Fifth Third Bank, 222 South Riverside Plaza, on Thursday, Sept. 8. Look for a follow-up to it on TribNation.com.
Meanwhile, an update on the Chicago Forward: Education essay contest. We've received dozens of entries at our website, via email and by post.
There's a wide range of entries. Thanks everyone. We'll be back to you as soon as we have a chance to sort through them.
-- James Janega