Society has become so determinate on being perfect, focusing on the body and appearance. This is affecting women and girls all over the world and appears that it is only going to get worse. The standards on women have changed so drastically in several ways. Nina Bahadur states that, “A woman with a “perfect body” in 1930 would barely get a second look from Hollywood producers or model casting agents today”. Due to societies almost impossible expectations, it has negatively impacted women everywhere causing several complications.
Elizabeth The book Pride and Prejudice is a story of an empowered woman named Elizabeth living in a misogynistic world. The excerpt from A Vindication of the Rights of Women (AVOTROW) focuses on the misogynistic world that Elizabeth lives in and challenges it, much like Elizabeth. During that time, Elizabeth would have been considered a feminist, she did not fit into the social constructs given to her sex. She focused her energy into strengthening her mind, and she believed in marrying for love instead of money which was revolutionary. The Vindication of the Rights of Women state that at the time, women were unequal to men intellectually because they are women, and the only way for them to have a future is to marry for profit.
The role of a woman has changed dramatically from women gaining rights in the 1990’s to Hillary Clinton running for president. But in all of this, the shadows of sexism still linger in the dark corners of the media and big corporations who just want to profit. What they don’t know is that for every dollar they earn from that toy, magazine, or commercial, one more girl thinks she is not good enough, pretty enough, or inferior to a man. As viewers, we just call the show “funny” and take satire lightly, but we fail to recognize that issues like sexism and female stereotypes are real and present in our lives today. As a young girl growing up, I cannot say I have never once doubted my self-image and compared myself to others.
In contrast to past gender stereotypes, they argue that girls should be strong, independent, and intelligent. Orenstein takes a second wave feminism approach, meaning females are just as capable as males. She references how she commonly writes about feminism and warning parents of a “preoccupation of body and beauty” in order to pull for a change in society (327). The beauty standards give women an impossible set of goals deterring their confidence. In addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329).
The Victorian Era is known for a pious, sexless society where women were considered inferior. While strides have been taken, there is still an inherent bias against sexually liberated women. This shame is still relevant to society today because of its abuse by those in power. Day by day, political scandals involving sexual assault and rape are being revealed on the news. This is only indicative of the willingness of the elite to abuse those working under them- especially young naive women.
In adverts women are portrayed as the unintelligent consumer, socially conscious of her purchases, dependant on men and sex objects whereas men are perceived as a figure of authority, handy men and intelligent decision makers. Advertisements try to persuade the public into believing this is how women and men are, want to be or should be. In this essay I will be discussing how femininity is represented in contemporary advertisements. Evolution of Female Roles in Advertising
Emma Goldman has the ability to realize how women are treated in the unfair society and question the people and the society, which is something that none of the other female characters are able to do. Goldman not only holds speeches about her thoughts, but also points out the sadness of Evelyn Nesbit by saying that "because like all whores you value propriety. You are creature of capitalism, the ethics of which are so totally corrupt and hypocritical that your beauty is no more than the beauty of gold, which is to say false and cold and useless" (Doctorow, 74). Even though Goldman criticizes Evelyn by claiming that "you accepted the conditions in which you found yourself and you triumphed. But what kind of victory has it been?"
The old restrictions on dress and behavior were being overthrown. Highly publicized flappers shortened their skirts, drank illegal alcohol, smoked, and otherwise defied society’s expectations of proper conduct for young women. (NCPedia)” Although being a Flapper was in style it was very expensive and woman had to be rich and have a lot of free time. Women who were on their own and unmarried, independent women became these figures. These women impacted how future women for future generations will be treated and
They basically whine and complain about not being “equal”, yet do nothing to actually change it except whine, complain and be complete harlots. People wonder why feminism has a bad name, these women are why. I don’t think I accurately stated just how self-deprecating these “feminists” are. An excerpt from a Forbes article by Susannah Breslin accurately portrays the idea, “Feminism claims to be about empowerment. In fact, over the years, it has increasingly devoted itself to promoting the image of women as victims.
The documentary Miss Representation perfectly mirrors my thoughts and opinions regarding the inaccurate representation of women in the media and under-representation of women in influential positions. It was evident to me through my analysis of the documentary and my observations of the portrayal of women in the media that money is the contributing factor of not only the success of women in this country, but it is also our downfall. Money has prevented us from breaking down the barriers between women and the rest of society which has led to the media stereotyping women and undermining our abilities. Men aren’t subjected to the same criticism that women are in the workplace, films, television, social media, and their homes. Men have the power and respect in society and it seems that power derives from money.
Jennifer L. Pozner paints a tale in “The Unreal World” of network executives that profit at the physical and emotional expense of reality TV stars, all for the sake of ratings. Through inaccurate representation of women using the pursuit of perfection along with the objectification of women makes reality TV a poisonous industry. She doesn’t just make these claims, but she also backs it up through her intricate use of multiple techniques and ethos in the Unreal World. The appeal I found to be most prevalent when analyzing “The Unreal World” has to be the emotional appeal. Pozner uses this article as an outlet to display to the world her deep dislike for reality TV and all it stands for.
Hiring based on looks is extremely discriminatory. In “Hooters Hires Based on Looks. So Do Many Companies. And There 's No Law Against It.” Deborah L. Rhode claims that discrimination based on looks is a major issue that, however had no improvement so far. She says, “Discrimination on the basis of looks is deeply rooted and widely practiced, and there are obvious limits to how much legal and police strategies can affect it.” Some may say that hiring based on looks is just a business tactic, but actually judgement can push people over the edge to develop an eating disorder, undergo cosmetic surgery, and have dissatisfaction with their body image.