Women can be astronauts, doctors, leaders, business people...anything that they set their mind to. Instead in our real culture, we are teaching girls that to be accepted in this society, you have to be unintelligent and sexy. If we instead advertised more positive messages to young girls, I think that our society could benefit by a new generation of empowered females who don’t feel that it is necessary to be sexual. Sexy Inc really opened my eyes to massive amount of advertising that our society has become numb to. We should focus on family as a social structure and teach parents that these outside influences, like the media, celebrities and overly sexual dolls, are affecting young girls and causing them to think that being sexual at such a young age is appropriate.
Thus, the ideal look for females was a natural, simple, and soft, thin, but curved body. Joan Crawford, a successful and well-known American actress, exemplified this new look desired by society. She had the perfect characteristics that society wanted in a woman during that period: hard-working, beautiful, with soft curves, and very feminine. Therefore, her pictures were widely spread in weekly magazines and on the screen. While, other actresses, like Marlene Detriech did not fit with the simple ideal female image then because of their erotic looks, which prevented them from being used in women's
I find Hepburn fascinating for similar reasons I find Rodriguez. Hepburn challenged the status quo and won. She had an immensely successful career but she didn’t bow to the Hollywood smut machine. When I say this I am talking about her ability to say shove it to all the Hollywood pressure and decrees for women to be dressed and visualized as sex objects. I think it is amazing that Hepburn said no and relied on her amazing natural ability to act to be a successful woman in Hollywood.
Because of her examples from people who you would never think to dress provocatively, this will help to persuade the readers of the realization of how women just to want to dress out of the norm. Stephanie Rosenbloom argues the message and logical reasoning for, “Why have so many girls grown up to trade in Wonder Woman costumes for little more than Wonderbras?”(165). She drives the readers to reflect upon their own experiences on the night of
As comics have evolved, the female superheroes have been written to become solid characters independent of their male counterparts. However, despite this progression, women in comics continue to be illustrated as sexy, voluptuous, and alluring. They demonstrate strength and independence, but for the male reader, mostly sexual appeal. “If anything, the comics of today are more blatantly sexist and provocative than ever. For every positive female role model, two negative ones can be found” (Lavin 97).
Academics Gerding and Signorielli believe that social cognitive theory, is a strong aspect of gender role learning to tweens as they are old enough to watch television actively and selectively. The superficial notion of the women in the above shows explains the ‘girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do’ contradiction that pits women against each other to impress the male protagonists. The shows that have women as the central character aim to promote empowering notions of ‘sisterhood’ yet proceed in aggressive behaviours. The Kardashian’s show a paradox as each episode shows a fight between the sisters, over boyfriends, photo shoots or jealous behaviour and ends with a resolution. The
Pearl was a strange child and Hester thought that was because of the sin she committed, but in all honesty, Pearl just looked at things in different perspective. To Hester’s shock she discovered that Pearl was more mature and imaginative. Hester practically raised Pearl by herself and Pearl turned out to be a Godly, honest, and innovative young girl. People saw how hard it was for Hester and so things changed. Hester became known as the woman who was able to do anything.
Females, in rom-coms, are depicted into gender stereotypes. Females have consistently been stereotyped and it does not end in the movie industry. There is a misinterpretation that all females are identical. Female characters come from similar backgrounds or they regularly have a happy ending. These stereotypes are found in rom-coms and it is likely to find them in other gender movies.
Those kinds of characters gave me hope that growing up I could be anything and do anything I put my mind to. Buffy opened the door to female empowerment for a lot of people my age, I have been lucky to fall in love with shows later on in life that follow on from that sentiment. In a world where feminism is widely discussed on every source of media, many feel that having a woman who can do everything is all we should be asking for, but that’s simply not true. We as a generation need to be exposed to women who can not only take back the power they had lost in their lives and do something real with it, but also to potentially take power from a man who let his power go to his head. Back to my point about this not being an attack on male characters; Again, I’m not saying that men are inferior in any way, shape or form.
With the help of salonists, they beautify Mulan because women were based on looks. “Wait and see, when we’re through boys will gladly go to war for you” (Disney 9-10). This is significant because only the ‘pretty’ and ‘well fit’ women could be married. This ties back to feminism because women are constantly being judged by their looks. The salonists also include that Mulan must be “like a lotus blossom soft and pale How could any fellow say no sale?” (Disney 26-27).
Lastly, there is Edna St. Vincent Millay, who had problem with expressing herself exactly how she was; opinionated and very sexually active. These three women, in my opinion, demonstrate how American women have evolved though time. We have gone from being complacent housewives to equal members of society. We are no longer to required to stay quiet and agree blindly with our husbands. We have a right to our own opinions and the ability to express ourselves however we see fit.
June Cleaver, Donna Reed, and Harriet Nelson were all television show mothers who acted the part of the idealistic housewife of this time period. The media popularized the “ideal women”, thus restricting women’s ability to oppose the domestic, caregiving model. The “ideal women” gave a clear picture as to how women should emulate their proposed role in society, which still lingers with us today. (Holt). The media would not passively but actively release pictures of smiling woman with arms full of cooked food, or women cleaning looking happy and content doing just that.
Part of the Free the Nipple movement already requires a huge amount of confidence. That confidence comes easier when your breast are similar to what we view in the media ranging from porn videos to celebrity sex scenes such as Kim Kardashian. Women who are comfortable are viewed as a disguise of feminism and freedom. In a blog written by Jessica Blankenship she noted “It’s a culture that, in fact, beats into women and men the notion that female bodies are exclusively sexual, even when acting in ways that would be innocuous and permissible for men” (Blankenship). Safety and society’s well-being on women’s breasts, only because the public is simply too delicate to handle seeing nipples.