Women who work full-time make only seventy-seven cents for every dollar a man who works full-time makes. This difference is known as the, ‘gender wage-gap.’ Due to this gap, full-time women employees are presented with less money and job opportunities. The stereotype behind all of this is that, ‘women aren’t worth as much as men.’ This stereotype is entirely outdated and insulting.
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.
The movie involves an 11-year-old girl by the name of Riley Anderson who just recently moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, California. The main plot of the story focuses on her five emotions that apparently help “control” her and her actions. The setting of the story is in a large command tower that is located inside of Riley’s head. The names of the emotions coincide with their role in the plot as well as their respective emotion. These consist of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Joy, Sadness, and Disgust are both portrayed with female gender stereotypes. Likewise, Fear and Anger are portrayed with male gender stereotypes. In her head, a lot of her actions are lead primarily by Joy. The main goal of her five emotions are to create positive and happy memories that are portrayed as colored orbs that are sent to “long-term memory” to be sorted at the end of the day while Riley is sleeping. Riley has five
To quote Marie Wilson “You can’t be what you can’t see,” is important to understand when looking at the ever-perpetuating gender roles in the media. Girls do not see many powerful women in the media (i.e. The president, actresses, etc.), how can they strive to be something they have never
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.
“Ex boyfriends are just like off limits to friends. I mean that’s just like the rule of feminism” (15:15). This famous saying said by Gretchen Wieners from Mean girls is widely known and most of the time ridiculed by people. Mean Girls is a movie that portrays the stereotypical American high school life. The movie has a main focus on the girls of high school, rather then on the boys. It centers on females and how they act at that certain age. The four mean girls, Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, Karen Smith and Cady Heron represent the stereotypes of the popular girls of high school. The role of gender plays an important role in the movie. The movie discusses the aspects of how a “typical” teenage girl should be, in order for her to fit in.
They seem to solely skew towards television being the main cause of disempowered women. Without providing other influences on the stereotypes of women, the film’s views become bias. However, because teenagers spend 31 hours every week watching television, it becomes one of the leading causes of gender stereotypes. Also, based on the statistics provided of women being represented far less than men in America’s government, strongly supports Edelman ’s quote, “You can't be what you can't see.”
Get Out is a horror film released earlier this year in February. The film centers on Chris Washington, a black man, and his white girlfriend, Rose Armitage. Rose invites Chris to a weekend trip to meet her parents. When meeting Chris, Rose’s parents are overly accommodating towards Chris and constantly speak about how much they love President Obama and other African-American people. Chris attributes this as awkward attempts to deal with their interracial relationship. However, after a series of events, Chris learns that the Armitage family has been performing illegal acts in order to obtain a “superior genetic race”. In order to accomplish this, they kidnap black men, hypnotize them, and perform illegal surgeries to place white people into
In the book, The Rise of Enlightened Sexism by Susan Douglas, gives insight and knowledge that digs deep into pop culture explaining how the media portrays the appearances of women that are in powerful positions in our culture. The appetencies tent undermines the actual progress of women. Douglas is interested in what these pop culture ideals shows about our culture. The way we react to women in our culture with powerful influence. What do these shows do to the female imagine in our culture?
This issue is important to me personally because other than my own mother, I had very few positive female role models or even models of successful females in my life. I was taught that finding a man, staying pretty, and never being too rude or overbearing was the best way to live life, lesson that were ingrained in me by Disney princess movies, sitcoms, and even cartoons. Through my major in Communications and Advertising, I hope to learn more about why this trend of male dominance and female archetype grouping in media is still being perpetuated in the first place, and more importantly, I hope to learn about how to avoid prolonging these types of harmful stereotypes in my own work in advertising and
The female characters were weak, more concern about being attractive, not smart and they emotional during social situations. In regards, to female bias on TV, a 1977 Nancy Signorelli’s "study of Television Shows and Commercials, Movies, Music Videos, and Teen Magazine Articles and Ads,” shows that women play fewer and less significant roles in "television programs.” It further clams that females “are seen working... or cast as professionals" only in limited scenes. Instead, they are presented more as having no occupation and caring more about their relationships. The report further indicates that "women rely on their male… partner to help them solve problems and… achieve their goals;" and that "women in media” do things that describe them as "stereotypical females..., grooming or peering…" The findings by the report are convincing; especially when watching those episodes during the TV
Women are also constantly, fabricated, discriminated, and disrespected. In some countries, women are unable to receive equal education as men. It’s tremendously unfair for someone to not receive education if they’re a woman. Gender inequality only lowers a woman’s self-image and self-worth. Should women stand idly by how the media perceives them?