Capps to Talk Women in Power After Film Screening

Congressmember Lois Capps will headline a panel discussion Friday night following the screening of “Miss Representation,” a documentary that calls out the media’s role in marginalizing women of power. The film, which came out in 2011, was directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (whose husband is Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom) and includes interviews with teenagers, politicians, and activists.

Talking with Capps will be Grechen Machiarella Biasotti from Cal State Northridge, Rachel Lambert from the Coalition for Family Harmony, Gina Fischer from Planned Parenthood, and Independent news reporter Kelsey Brugger. The panelists will discuss the film as well as a bill introduced by Capps that would require the Federal Trade Commission to study the use of Photoshop in ads.

“The media has a tremendous influence over the way we perceive women,” Capps said in a statement. “This includes how children and teenagers are influenced by unrealistic advertising images. I look forward to participating on this panel, and discussing not only my bill, the Truth in Advertising Act, but the incredible impact advertisements have on one’s body image.”

The event will be held at Santa Barbara City College’s Leni Fe Bland Forum Business and Communications, Room 245. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m., with the discussion following. Admission is free for those 18 or younger; tickets otherwise cost $10. For more information, call 805-415-2553.

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