Introduction In this paper I am going to analyze how the media affects the gender stereotypes that the documentary Miss Representation addressed. I believe that, the media perpetuates harmful stereotypes to both men and women. In this paper I will argue that Audre Lorde would agree with my thesis but she would also believe that the minority needs to be looked at more as well. In this paper I will argue that Rebecca Walker would agree with my thesis.
The title Miss Representation is significant because the documentary revolves around the representation of women in media and how their portrayals are oversexualized, placing a misogynistic lens over how women are represented. The argument that the title makes is that women are shown primarily as weaker, less cerebral, and more useful as physical objects than men, and therefore are highly misrepresented by TV shows, movies, and advertisements which focus only on the physical aspects of women and not on the academic or mental aspects. This is pervasive throughout the documentary, as seen through interviews with various women and young girls providing examples of the misrepresentation of women. One such example is when a young girl discusses the fact that
Women in Social Media The documentary Miss Representation begins with short clips and photos of women in social media. The clips are taken from various movies, music videos, television shows, news clips, and news articles. The clips show inappropriate remarks directed to or about important women in our society, sexualization of women, and semi-nude women in the media.
Synthesis Essay: Influence of Media on Women I believe that media does have a positive effect on women, but the role models and ideals that media portrays are not realistic or achievable. Because media has such a large influence on everyday life, it holds an equally large sway over us. When the protagonist of a tv show acts a certain way in a particular situation, we are more likely to imitate such actions if we find ourselves in similar circumstances(Abrams).This constant influence of seemingly flawless characters has made us forget that such role models are supposed to be examples on how to live or act, not the sole authority that so many treat them as today.
Introduction In the 21st century the human society has developed in what we believe is a modern and democratic civilisation where women are no longer objectified and considered secondary members of the community. Numerous organisations protect their rights and the number of female participants in the fields of economy, politics or science has greatly increased in the past century. But an important question lays unanswered. Have we truly managed to leave behind the negative stereotypes that were created throughout history about females?
Representation within media is a powerful thing and the viewpoint often differs with context, such as the gender of the storytellers and the time period in which a piece was written and/or published. William Moulton Marston, the mind behind iconic female superhero Wonder Woman (DC Comics), has once described a need for a new type of woman in comics. He found there was a need for one that defied the weaknesses we usually prescribe to females in general, stating that the female archetype lacks the force, strength, and power needed to make girls want to identify with female characters (American Scholar, 1943). Even then, his heroine could be described as modest and peace-loving, two characteristics he himself described as belonging to the aforementioned weaknesses.
The story of an average Indian sportswoman often struggles to materialize into heroic tales of achievement, rarely making its way into annals of history. Sport does not fit the cultural role play, traditionally associated with Indian women and as a result, women sporting role models are a rarity. Culturally, sport signifies agency, control over one’s body and strength; the traditional dynamics of masculinity, which help preserve the gender power relationship in favor of men in the society. Thus, to keep social institutions such as sport, within the parameters of the patriarchal world order, women are ‘subaltern-ised’.
Women are represented in a very filthy, objectified way, especially in advertisements and social media which results in people being socialized to consider women as objects. Advertisements were started in the 19th century. They stereotyped women in the advertisements and showed them to be dependent on men. Every product advertised for women was said to please the man. This was their way of selling products to women.
Men are usually the first that come to mind when people think of upper-level political positions. Although women comprise most of the population, they are severely underrepresented in politics. In “Women as Political Candidates,” Han elaborates on the disparity of women to men in the political field. Women have made many strides in politics since they gained footing in politics, yet there are still few women in office. Most women are not instilled with the possibility of running for office, so it is not an option for them.
There is a powerful force in our everyday life, a force that shapes subconscious thought, which defines who and what each person is. This force is everywhere and people are exposed to it constantly. It fills our world so much that we have just accepted it and never considered the affect it is having on us. This massive force is the media. The full length documentary Miss Representation aims to demonstrate the severe effects of the media on girls and women first through its prevalence and second through its messages.
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?