Negative Stereotypes Of Menopause

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There is a general consensus across the group members, with almost all of our experiences with menopause and menopausal women being negative. Only one of our group members stated that there was any sort of positive discussion or views on menopause in her family. She stated that her family has always been very open about their biology and sexuality. The majority of us, however, either grew up in silence or with presentations with extremely negative undertones, even if not overtly negative. Most of our families ignored the female functioning and quickly hushed us whenever we inquired about our own bodies. However, we have all experienced either the negative portrayals of menopausal women in the media or the complete lack of these representations.…show more content…
Although it’s nearly impossible to escape it completely. Actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in a new hit series produced by Netflix. Tomlin is 78 and Fonda is 80, these women completely re-evaluate the typical stereotypes of aging women. Their characters fight age the best they can until it inevitability catches up. Although the producers did a phenomenal job in portraying these older women with such power, eventually the characters age becomes a problem, more so than the men in the show. Our group agrees that the double standard of aging is prevalent in the media. It’s evident in television shows that are trying to dispute these stereotypes, no matter how much they attempt to stay away from the double standard, it’s nearly…show more content…
Men are often the hero of the story while women are often in barely supporting roles, even if they are the top billed female in the cast. According to TIME magazine (2015), men receive the most roles when they are around age 46, while women receive the most roles around age 30, with their employment rapidly declining after this peak. Although there are not huge discrepancies in number of actors versus number of actresses, there is often a large pay gap between the genders. This means that, in addition to receiving fewer roles, older women are also being paid less for their work in said roles than men who are doing the same work (Pires, 2017). This leads many actresses to activism while still competing for
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