Jennifer Newsom argues, successful business women are viewed as emotional, manipulative, and irrational. Her argument is substantiated by the laundry list of facts that are presented in the film Miss Representation. The film reveals the many circumstances that are a threat to women’s advancement in America. The film expressed the sorrow of our young teens; scared and teased for what they look like, and the sadness they have for being different from media ideals. Jennifer Newsom effectively convinces the audience of Miss Representation that the driving force for the suppression of women is due to media, myths, and objectification.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation successfully conveys the dangers that are associated with the demeaning methods the media uses to displace women from inspiring, valued positions and the effects of it on the American female population. The documentary explores the negative portrayal of women in the press and Hollywood, lack of female participation in major fields, and the side effects of the antifeminist movements on impressionable, young girls that have become highly visible through the media. The documentary reports of how even the most casual hints of misogyny distort the public’s values and expectations for women. The targeted audience is everyone because society can only right its wrongs by working and empowering together. However, Miss Representation does emphasize that young women in particular were the most important group of their intended audience.
Miss Representation persuades its audience to agree that women portrayed on television and advertisements negatively affect women's ambition
The representation of gender in mass communications has been a hugely debated topic for years and will continue to be one for many more years to come. The media plays a big role in how they want to portray a gender to the public. They create certain stereotypes through the role of a gender in order to attract a large audience and interest to sell a product, brand or image. Media is so important in today’s society, people spend hours and hours each day watching TV, browsing the Internet and reading magazines. There are so many images of men and women in the media today that it certainly has an impact on the viewer’s thoughts and sense of identity.
According to Julia T. Wood who works with communication there are three main themes that the media use when they represent gender. First, men and women are portrayed in stereotypical ways. Second, women are underrepresented. The third way is how the media portray the relationship between men and women with traditional gender roles and the normalization of violence against
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
Through social media, messages, which cause many young women to question their bodies and overall self-image, are delivered daily. Media sells the idea that; “girls’ and women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality and not in their capacity as leaders” (Miss Representation). Through advertisements,
Babes in Boyland: Women in Modern Media Oftentimes media portrays women as objects. During boxing matches my mother would always point out the fact that men always get to be this “skilled heroic athletes”, while women are always depicted as a “pretty pleasant eye candy”. Gender role has been an issue ever since the invention of modern media, for modern advertising techniques focus on humor, satire, sex, and very often the objectification of women. Carl’s Jr./
This article focuses on how media especially advertisements highlights gender stereotypical images of both men and women. I.INTRODUCTION The term media refers to the groups that communicate information and news to the common people. The media holds immense power in democratic countries.
Women has greatly suffered in society from the beginning until now and no one seems to notice this prolonged issue that women have to endure in their daily lives. The media played a major role to how women are perceived in todays society. Nevertheless, in todays world more and more individuals are attempting to address the problem to solve this issue once and for all. Jennifer Newsom effectively convince her audience in an American documentary film: “Miss representation” to embellish the denigration of women in society and persuade the audience through the use of logos, pathos, and explicit visual images.
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.
Hi Tuyen, good job on rhetorical analysis since you did points out many significant points of the issue presented in the documentary Miss Representation. I agree with you that “Newsom effectively convinces the audience of Miss Representation that the media portrays women in society simply through the value of women’s look” based on the statistics and her persuasive evidence. Photoshop is mostly used to retouch models’ figure in advertisements in order to bring perfect female images to the public. That the media’s extreme focus on how a girl or a woman should look like creates a misleading thought that women’s value is portrayed by their outward appearance. It is absolutely inaccurate since advertisers just tend to manipulate consuming behaviors;
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?