TV Opportunity: Good idea or bad idea????

March 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm (Documentaries, Just wondering...)

I recently saw a post on the mrkh-grrls group which made me question how we approach MRKH awareness. Im also curious about your thoughts. Below is the post that I encountered:

Hi all,
I haven’t written in much since my mom died awhile back, but want to pas
this on if you’re interested.
Personally, I have my doubts that we will be portrayed in a respectful way,
but I’m forwarding their last (of many) emails to me so you can decide for
yourselves. Contact them if you wish. They want women 18-28. They
initially requested women who “can’t have sex” . I don’t do interviewers
with folks who presume that vaginal penetration is what sex is about but
that doesn’t mean you can’t. Here’s their contact info…..Have fun.

Hi,

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I apologize if the description
in my email implied that all women with MRKH are unable to have sex (which I
am quite aware is not the case). The point of our documentary is to shed
light on the subject of sexual dysfunction in general (a very serious topic
that affects many people). We have already been contacted by many young
women with MRKH who have given a self-description of having difficulty
having sex, and therefore, we thought contacting MRKH.org might we a good
way to find more of these stories.

Again, I’m very sorry if I gave the wrong impression about our documentary
in any way, and we would love to hear your input on the subject.

Thank you again for your time,

Hagan Hinshaw
Punched in the Head Productions
Hagan@punchedintheh ead.com

My feeling is that given that it is MTV that it could be a good way  to reach many young women who may have not been diagnosed or who have been diagnosed but have not encountered others with MRKH (ie thereby combatting those feelings of isolation). On the other hand, I am also skeptical about how we would be portrayed. Given that the focus would be for entertainment value, I worry that their ignorance about MRKH may only serve to misinform others and portray us in a negative way. I hope that it is okay that I have shared this post with others!

4 Comments

  1. Miss-Smiley said,

    Good idea if potrayed in the correct light..great chance to increase MRKH awareness which is very much needed!

    • MRKHCanada said,

      Agreed! I am so skeptical of MTV (I do watch it a lot) though. They emphasize the entertainment aspect of things (ie. the drama) rather than the actual educating aspect. I agree though given the right medium, reaching others can be incredibly powerful.

  2. Miss-Smiley said,

    Well said. I do not know if we get MTV here!

  3. KaraBaby said,

    i think it would be a good thing to have a tv show about mrkh i would have no prob tlkin to them about it xx

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