Ms. Steinem objective towards writing this article was the show her audience how far women have come in terms of having a say in what they would like to see in magazine geared towards woman. This article language was anything but biased. Because Ms. Steinem provided within her article how this situation wouldn’t be exclusive to only women. Let’s put in postion a youth who is thought to know nothing but what the media provide him/her. One the contrary, the youth’s will turn to materials that interest them.
Women are characterized to be a particular way since they are constantly being prejudiced on the basis of their gender. They are expected to dress a certain way, act in one way as opposed to another, take care of a family, and be able to cook. This prejudice is prevalent across the globe, whether in America, as depicted by the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, or in Antigua as described by the prose “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. Even though there is a great similarity between the social pressures faced by women in both America and Antigua, American women are greatly judged on a physical level, while in Antigua, women are predominantly judged on their capability to completing household chores.
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.
(Williamson 101). As the writer uses this quote from Williamson she states that the content of magazines like Cosmo are unnecessary, and downright humiliating for women. The writer also argues that the magazine should include concepts such as politics, economics or global issues. Now this argument she makes, is a reason for me to drift away from her thoughts and oppose her idea. In my opinion the author weakens her argument by stating such a thing.
These comments play into the outdated role of women in society as they make it seem like women are overly emotional and dependent on men. The film explores not only the stereotypical version of women in society but also the modern women in society through both Nancy and
A black woman is seen as more masculine than a white or Asian woman, therefore she has to go through harder procedures just to be like them. These procedures include straightening out their hair, wear wigs or wear hair extensions because long straight hair is a symbol of femininity. Their normal hair is known to be unattractive and wild. All the music videos and news videos presented in the documentary, black women are seen with straight hair because it looks more professional according to our society. They often use their butts as a sexual symbol and the clothes they wear are too skimpy.
Vulgarity is also defined by the standards of the beholder. For years now, women have had to deal with two wrong thoughts about how to be beautiful. Being skinny and having a darker skin tone which is a American beauty standard as others to the point of undernourishment and being afraid to portray themselves in a way that some people might consider vulgar. The sports illustrated has challenged the standards of beauty in America by having a plus size model Ashley Graham on the cover of the magazine, usually the standard model for a sports
Judy Brady’s “I Want A Wife” is a revolutionary piece that attempted to reveal the unequal roles men and women held in society. She goes through her prose by listing all the responsibilities her wife must have and the ways to make her happy. Brady’s whole article is satirizing these roles and is, in general, very sarcastic in her tone. She mocks a society that has given women an impossible standard and she starts with the deprivation of her education then continues with the role her wife should play in domestic ways, and then finishes with the expectations the sexual aspects of their relationship. I believe that Brady’s underlying message was and still is important for the development of equality in our nation.
They make you think you know the person and how they are going to act without actually getting to know them first. I’ve always felt that I’ve been looked at differently because of the ways i wear my hair or how I dress and simply the fact that I don’t act the way the world thinks an African American should act. Media has portrayed us out to be an loud angry women with attitudes. Sometimes people even say “ you’re pretty for a black girl and you may even be one of the ones that make it.” At the time I was grateful for the compliment
The combination of this and slavery has brainwashed the black community to think they are not as valuable as non-blacks. “Black women need to be empowered so that they can protect themselves against the negative messages that they receive from their environment.” (Bryant, 89) The naturalista niche is essentially the black community uniting to let the world know that the Eurocentric idea of beauty may not include them but they are not the ones who need to change to become beautiful. The definition of beauty is “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit” (Merriem-Webster), saying that black women are not beautiful is implying that there is nothing about her that stimulates one’s senses in a positive way.