The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

A trailer for a movie called "Miss Representation" has been making the Facebook rounds.  The movie takes on the media, and the myriad ways women are misrepresented in it.  In one scene, a woman wearing a suit and an air of authority says: "If you can't see it, you can't be it."

Talk about imposing a limitation on women.

Sure, it's easier to be it when we see it - exponentially so - but to allege that it's not possible to be what we can't see, especially in the context of discussing all the images of authentic empowered women we're not (yet) seeing, is extraordinarily limiting, and dangerous, to boot.

It's a perfect example of negative space speak doing us a disservice.  Let us not concern ourselves with what isn't, and focus instead on what is:

"When we see it, it's infinitely easier to be it."

Every word matters.

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