Considering the opposing characterization between males and females, femininity refers to submissiveness and vulnerability that is often depicted in advertisement. Notions such as “sex sells” are not necessary true, for the observers recognize the damaging images in which women are portrayed. Advertisements that depict possessive and violent men toward women are should not be selling. For example, “no”does not mean “convince me”, when taken otherwise may lead to sexual abuse. Despite that both genders can be objectified, it is women who are more at risk due to the already established idea that women are more vulnerable.
Kilbourne is aware of the varying viewpoints on these ads and seeks to be fair. She anticipated claims that she is reading too much into these ads and made sure to allow for more than one interpretation of the images. Furthermore, some critics point out that men are also objectified in ads. Kilbourne, again, reasonably acknowledges these critiques. She agrees that the objectification of anyone is not a good thing while still supporting her initial assertion that the objectification of women in ads is more harmful.
For instance, in a study done by Dr. Katherine Young and Paul Nathanson, they concluded that men are additionally derided, rejected, and even abused in media in addition to being unintelligent, and that these same actions would never be done in the media with female characters in our culture (Abernethy 351). This is a prime example of gender inequality in our TV media nowadays, which shows the lack of television programs with intelligent men and women combined nowadays. This also shows that if a show featured an unintelligent woman and an intelligent man (its vice versa for many shows nowadays), it would be either be heavily criticized by feminist groups or receive no positive support in modern America culture. Astonishingly, even many men would be not in favor for that idea of a show, since it would ridicule a woman the same way the media ridicules men on modern television programs. This is irritating to many men because the modern media allows programs that depict men negatively to air on a regular basis, resulting in gender inequality in the media.
The passage is written as if women are the bad people and will always want more if given the opportunity. The man who spoke is geared to presway the listeners to think the way he does. He wants all other men to feel that women don’t deserve the rights and if you give them, they will become superior over the
When Smith saw the kid being beat up he did not say anything because he was afraid of how society would react, or label him, so society made Smith fearful of it’s reaction causing him to not say anything. So society not only limited him but his power to say something, limiting his words. Another example of society limiting people and the power of words is in Oprah’s Cecil B. deMille acceptance speech. She emphasised: “women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men” (Winfrey). Society also creates gender roles in life, gender roles are a big part of society today.
Personally, I don’t think the media coverage of the Ray Rice incident benefitted victim of domestic violence. For one, in his press conference alongside his wife, he claimed that they are better lovers after the knockout in the elevator; he also said that he has her best interest at heart. That is one of the many signs of a habitual offender of domestic violence. Some media try and defend him with her actions prior to the knockout but nothing excuses his actions. The excuses that are being made for him are terrible—it wasn’t a mistake, or a momentary lapse of integrity, it’s a basic flaw in his character.
In “The Boys Are Not All Right” by Michael Ian Black, the author uses different powers of persuasion to convince the audience to succumb to his opinion that men today don’t know how to properly express their feelings because of cultural norms that expressing your feelings is associated with weakness and femininity. He starts the article by drawing on the fact that almost all mass shootings have been committed by men. He says that men tend to lash out in anger because they don’t know how to properly express their feelings. He attempts to persuade his reader to start a conversation on how to make it more acceptable in society for men to express their emotions in a way that doesn’t potentially hurt others. The author uses an interesting time to
Men should see women as their equals and of capable abilities instead of sexual beings that serve them. However, because of the way media portrays women it has become increasingly more difficult for men to not sexualize women and demean them, and although the media does play a huge role in the demoralizing depiction of women, women are also contributing to the way man view them by overly sexualizing themselves. The only way men will fully be able to give women the proper respect they deserve is if women stop covering their full potential to demand more in society. Women must demand to be treated with more respect and not to be seen as sexual objects, but also, as equals with
The men in this movie do horrible and traumatizing things. Even though there are two strong women characters in the film, they seem to only react to the conflict and violence around them. The men of the story do not react, they act on the violence; they enlist for the special mission. This kind of action/reaction gender dynamic hints at deeper notions of men and women’s relationships to violence. Men seek out violence, for pleasure or honorable purposes, where as women must be pushed to violence.