Not only women have been objectified, but also the average female reader has been forced to face an unrealistic misconception towards the female body. In Grace Bai’s article Ad Bank Semiotic Analysis: Cosmopolitan and Maxim Magazines we encounter the stereotyped female figure and how contemporary advertising customs create ultra sexist notions
In the reading, “Two ways a Woman Can get Hurt ” by Jean Kilbourne, Kilbourne starts off with how in today’s society woman in advertisements are degraded and sexualized. Basically, the media and advertisements use woman’s bodies as objects to sell whatever it is that they are selling. Kilbourne also states that often these pictures can be somewhat pornographic. Kilbourne goes on with explaining that when you use pornographic-like images it exploits woman and only does them harm. When everything is so sexualized in today’s society it makes the power-less more vulnerable and at risk.
The movie, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, is a documentary about the history of the feminist movement throughout the end of the 1960s and 1970s. The film presents the standards of the time and how each group of feminists responded to the sexism they faced because of these standards. The film interviews the leading feminists of the time. It discusses the issues the women faced, like abortion rights, equal pay, and misogyny, when they were fighting for equality for women.
For instance, when she keeps using repetition of, “It is a violation of human rights when...” That repetition sticks in the mind of the audience. The use of those words create more a picture of violence that women go through that is not seen by the “human eye’s.” For example when she includes, “ ...women... burned to death...” Clinton uses this to pull on the heart string of her audience.
The media plays a significant role in the way we think about social problems. The media is our primary source of information regarding these problems, and it also is largely responsible for framing our thinking surrounding them. “Slut shaming” is the social shaming of women for participating in and/or enjoying sexual activity. “Slut Shaming” is a topic that is not new, but one that has gained significant traction in the last decade. The movie Easy A (produced in 2010, running time: 1 hour 32 min) explores the concept in a satirical way, based loosely on the principles discussed Nathaniel Hawthorne’s
The study of intellectual powers starts between two sexes, with men simply claiming more education and rights in society. The documentary, Miss Representation explores how media’s often degrading the portrayals of women. Jane Fonda said, “Society is toxic to young girls”, in relation most advertising discriminates women. Majority of the time media is used to make women look weak, it usually contradicts gender portrayal guidelines, based on the sexuality, authority, violence, and language content. I personally think that all of this is true, media reinforces the gender stereotype that men are always looking to attract women; and women are merely the objects looking to get caught.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, transphobia is an intense dislike of or prejudice against trans people. Misogyny describes the hatred and discrimination of women and traits which are womanly. It has been portrayed in media that these traits are lesser to masculine traits rather than equivalent. Transmisogyny is a combination of both which can be sometimes expressed through extreme levels of behavior such as discrimination, oppression and violence. (Hill-Meyer, 2009).
In the essay “DEAR YOUNG LADIES WHO LOVE CHRIS BROWN SO MUCH, THEY WOULD LET HIM BEAT THEM” the fact that she supports women’s rights’ and women empowerment shows itself in her emotions, context, and ideas in her argument. In the essay “DEAR YOUNG LADIES WHO LOVE CHRIS BROWN SO MUCH, THEY WOULD LET HIM BEAT THEM” she often speaks how men can get away with abusing women and how we shouldn’t let it happen and how we failed. Gay lets the audience know the disappointment she has in these women and the men in this society. In the essay, the majority of the time she is addressing the audience speaks about how these women “who believe that they love Chris Brown so much they’d let him beat them any day “shouldn’t settle for this or even joke about domestic abuse or wish for it. She talks about the difference between consent and Abuse.
The essay, “What I’ve Learned from Men”, by Barbara Ehrenreich is an impressive piece of writing focusing on a significant theme which is still present and is witnessed to this day. The theme that the author discusses is the on-going gender issues shedding light on the differences between men and women. Throughout the essay, Ehrenreich argues about the one thing women need to learn from men: how to be tough. She support this argument by providing a personal experience, taking her back to the time when she didn’t acknowledge the quality of being tough and falling victim to sexual harassment. She then explains this act as “behaving like a lady” and continues to support her claim by stating facts describing how women tend to act nice or “as a lady” by being the ones responsible to keep the conversation with a man going and constantly smiling even when unneeded and even when expressing anger and displeasure.
Taking Into Perspective Hester Prynne  Feminists are people who are passionate about bringing gender equality into the society that we live in. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is portrayed as a beautiful woman who is charged of being an adulteress, despite this fact, she was able to persevere and endure the shame and the humiliation of her sin. In a feminist perspective, women are constantly being abused by the over-arching society, influenced by men. As a feminist writer, Adrienne Rich points out in her essay, “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision” that men derive their “charisma” from exerting power over women and being able to be in control.