What three famous female celebrities took part in this year's Glamour magazine's Reel Moments program to discuss women's rights?

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On October 24 this year’s 2011 Glamour magazine’s Reel Moments panel discussion was held at Soho House West Hollywood. The discussion was hosted by Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson and the audience of fifty listened intently as three strong, powerful women described their dreams for future women as well as the struggles of being a woman in the male-dominated field of film and television. Yet the irony was lost on the crowd as the major sponsor’s V.P. of Marketing at Clarisonic, Chris Payne, took center stage to promote his company’s line of skin care products. Clarisonic’s line is geared toward making women “more radiant and more beautiful” a message that no doubt adds to the ever-growing obsession women and girls of today have with looks and the antithesis of what the Reel Moments program is fighting against. Reel Moments is a program started in 2005 by Glamour magazine which allows A-List actresses a chance to direct a short film. This is a direct response to the statistic that only 7% of directors are female. Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde and Eva Longoria were tapped to take the helm this year. While taking part in the panel discussion each had a chance to address the issues facing women seeking to permeate this seemingly insurmountable career. Saldana spoke about her dream for her and her sister, Cisley, one day becoming Hollywood’s female Farrelly brothers. Wilde reminisced of her days on House when the mostly male crew would groan and complain if a female director was hired. Longoria expressed her concern about big studios reluctancy to hire female directors.

Each woman was well-spoken and inspiring, in particular Saldana when she stated her belief that girls must be raised to think they can infiltrate any predominately male-driven job instead of concerning themselves with what new product they could buy at Sephora that week. But when it was made apparent by Payne, backed by his all-male CEO, President and founding partner’s team, that the product placement of their Sephora-sold product, Clarisonic, was mandatory in all three of Reel Moments female directed films this year it was difficult to see the clear motives Glamour magazine has for this “empowering women” program.Perhaps Glamour magazine itself is confused about the motives behind the Reel Moments program. After all, this is a magazine that has been giving a “Woman of the Year” award since 1980, all the while touting the newest beauty products and including articles like “8 Slim-down Tricks Every Woman Should Know,” “50 Little Things Every Woman Should Know About Love,” and “How to Dress Your Body Sexier.” It shouldn’t be any surprise that Glamour picks a sponsor that is not only is another beauty product to distract women from the important issues they face but was started by and continues to be run by men. Clarisonic was founded in 2000 by David Giuliani, Robb Akridge and Ken Pilcher. On the company website nine out of ten top positions in the company are filled by men. It isn’t until the ninth top position that a woman, Colleen Pierce, Director of Retail Sales, is even mentioned.

Saldana made a vital argument when she pointed out that change must come from the way we raise our daughters. However, it is important to note that in order to transform the future we must not only adjust the way we raise our daughters but also the way we raise our sons. If young men are still raised to make more money than their female counterpart, feel inadequate to powerful women, and dull every socially unmasculine emotion, then the women that were raised to think they can do a “man’s job” will continue to beat their heads on the same doors that have been locked for centuries of women before them.

Since the sad fact is that men still run this world, future children must be taught that women are an ally and not the doormats that men have stood on since the beginning of time. Glamour magazine only confuses this kind of change by allowing Clarisonic skin care line, a product that is another diversion away from empowering women, to sponsor a program geared toward women’s equality. Based on their own website, Clarisonic is clearly hesitant to allow women into a company whose products are for women. Hopefully, by next year Glamour magazine will figure out what it truly means to strive for the day when this world will no longer require programs like Reel Moments and put more thought behind the company they choose to sponsor the program.

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