For instance if you open up a magazine there will probably be endless amounts of advertisements of girls selling their body for certain products, or symbolizing themselves for just beauty, instead of their education or self worth. Overall due to the media people are getting the wrong representation of woman. The media is stereotyping girls to be “perfect” as in having beautiful skin, luscious hair, and the perfect body. Results of stereotyping are also leading not only woman, but also men to have availability bias about how a woman should look and act.
Throughout this semester, I have been discussing the underrepresentation of female athletes in the media. This underrepresentation and the manner in which female athletes are being portrayed should be brought up because it affects how the public sees female athletes. This is a problem because it affects how people view women in sports. There are several perspectives in which this problem can be discussed and they are based on stereotypes, appearances, and the type of sports showed in media. I decided to discuss this topic because compared to their male counterparts women are seen as inferior in the sports domain.
The media's misogynistic portrayal of women is hard to ignore. When we turn on our TV, walk down the street, plug in our earphones, and the images bombard you. In our society, women are portrayed as highly sexualized beings that evoke feelings of fantasy and desire that are shown in all aspects of media. Our culture damages girls and women from a young age and makes them believe that being strong, smart and accomplished is not enough. This causes women and especially young girls to see themselves and use their bodies as objects.
The media portrays these unrealistic standards to men and women of how women should look, which suggests that their natural face is not good enough. Unrealistic standards for beauty created by the media is detrimental to girls’ self-esteem because it makes women feel constant external pressure to achieve the “ideal look”, which indicates that their natural appearance is inadequate. There has been an increasing number of women that are dissatisfied with themselves due to constant external pressure to look perfect. YWCA’s “Beauty at Any Cost” discusses this in their article saying that, “The pressure to achieve unrealistic physical beauty is an undercurrent in the lives of virtually all women in the United States, and its steady drumbeat is wreaking havoc on women in ways that far exceed the bounds of their physical selves” (YWCA).
For many women, their whole life is consumed by trying to fit in. Also, the author states in lines 15-16 that “Her good nature wore out like a fan belt,” shows how hard she has tried just to try and be what society wants her to be. In today’s society especially seeing all of these celebrities on the internet and TV and how good they look makes women try even harder to fit that certain image that society portrays women out to be. Society is a very harmful thing, it pressures many people into believe that what is fake is real. In the eyes of society if you
The media affects the way people both think and act. It is both the message and the messenger that women are less than men. Both women and men have been divided into separate groups, with men given more power. The documentary, Miss Representation, brings attention to how women are almost forced to torment themselves to achieve an ideal look since the media gives the message that a woman’s entire worth is purely based on how they look. The documentary Miss Representation highlights that the gap that has been placed on both males and females has now been greater than ever and that if this problem is not fixed, it will cause many future problems.
Throughout history, women have had to fight against stigma and stereotypes in society. In every era, from the ancient world to present day, females have been persecuted and taken advantage of due to their gender. In our previous set of readings, the female protagonists were strong characters who defied weak stereotypes, but were still viewed as lesser beings than men. In our second group of readings, where were written more recently, women saw a slight increase in their sovereignty. All depict women as powerful figures who use their wits to make a better life for themselves.
In this day in age women are demanding respect from men more than ever before. As a result, they appear to be getting what they’ve been asking for. But what happens to that respect when “role models” like Camila Cabello, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift exist? “Role Models” who are constantly creating inappropriate music and music videos? The modern music industry is an issue that surprisingly, women have yet to tackle.
Women has encountered sexism on a daily basis since history books could even record them. Countless times throughout time, women faced through struggles of unfair treatment, discrimination, and oppression due to the basis of their gender. From a piece written by Carol Tavris, it is mentioned that when men have problems of their own, society often blames it on his personality or the environment he is in. However, when women have problems, society blames it on her mental state or psyche. The explanations we make of females with men are so different because of how prominent sexism is in this society.
However, without laws that promote and safeguard the laws of women, they remain vulnerable and lack the governmental support and legal standards necessary for equality. The poor treatment of women can clearly be seen by how women are constantly pitted against each other and it seems like everything is a competition between women. For example, women are constantly being compared with each other to see which one of them is more attractive. This competitive way is how so many of us have been brought up and as such constantly feel like life is a competition where we have to compete with others of the same gender.