“The construction of gender stereotyping of both males and females in the media is based on outdated and unfounded beliefs and therefore has had and continues to have a detrimental impact on society.” (Yes!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUyfD1F7k1I Women are subjected to many stereotypes in today’s society. Movies and television shows suggest that all women are airheads, whose sole purpose in life is to please men and rear children. Magazines and other advertisements push photographs of very slender, over groomed and “sexy women” into our minds. Men’s magazines write articles on how to seduce a girl into sleeping with them.
The Exploitation and Misogyny of Women by the media The passing of the Woman's Right Act empowered women to do things that would have once been considered impossible such as, taking part in beauty pageants, modeling in the nude to holding high positions in offices. In hip-hop and advertising Jean Kilbourne and Joan Morgan concur that woman's bodies are being dehumanized, over sexualized and objectified. Consequently, although women have made remarkable progress, their unbridled autonomy and power are being exploited by the media.Hence forth, the explosion of pornography and the mentality that sex sells anything and everything have caused advertising agencies and the music industry to use woman's bodies as the main tool for commercializing and selling their products. Hence, the media uses sexism and violence in advertising to get people’s attention in order to get them to buy their products, and also to obtain free press. In “Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt” Jean Kilbourne believes, that sexism and violence in advertising is systemic and rooted in our culture.
As a member of the American Female Moral Reform Society, Sarah Ingraham was dedicated to eliminate all prostitution in the United States. However, she did not only criticize women for being prostitutes, but felt men were equally at fault. She was the editor of The Advocate of Moral Reform, the first American newsletter which was run entirely by women. The paper often printed stories about girls who were seduced by men who later left them. The paper referred to prostitutes as sisters and Men were usually depicted as the wrongdoers.
As is the case for most viral phenomena, there are those who aren’t too keen on hip-hop Elvis’s lyrical prose. They fear that his overwhelming invectives can and will entreat harm upon his avid listeners. In spite of the schism between the lovers and the haters, Eminem has undoubtedly taken the music industry by storm; and in turn, our views and considerations. While the zealots of ‘Slim Shady’ defend his lyrics and context with phrases like ‘artistic expression’ and ‘free speech’, as made evident in Jackson Katz’s essay entitled Eminem’s Popularity Is a Major Setback for Girls and Women, Eminem’s cultural trailblazing comes with a less-than charismatic price: widespread acceptance of violence against anyone and everyone who falls within the crosshairs of his philosophy. People see this on a day-to-day basis, sometimes blatantly, other times situated behind the cleverly posed acceptances found in daily public life: Guy eyes a fetching girl and advances discretely.
Kilbourne 2 Jean Kilbourne is a feminist author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. She has a popular essay piece called “Two Ways Women Can Get Hurt”, in this particular piece her main argument is that men and women are misrepresented as sex symbols and tools. The media puts women on display that dehumanizes them; the media also shows that women are usually submissive against men. In Judith Lorbers essay called, “Believing is Seeing”, Lorber argues that men and women are different biologically, that society can’t just label human beings as male and female. Lorber also says that not all people are completely men or completely women.
He meets this pretty woman who is the mother of Ernie whom Holden thinks he is a bastard. While they were talking, Holden asks her, “Would you care for a cocktail?” (P57). She merely says “yes” that she thinks Holden is underage, thus, she refused. But she smokes which was an unusual thing to do nowadays. Furthermore, New York has prostitutes who would like to satisfy their body and involve in sex trade.
Some even die because of trying to fix a certain mold of what is beautiful. As Jared Plokin states, “The media is currently at war with women's body image” (1). On the cover of magazines there are pictures with celebrities’ in bathing suits stating “the best and worst beach bodies”, when women are reading these types of
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film by Alfred Hitchcock. One of the most famous scenes within the film is the shower scene where the actress Janet Leigh who plays the character Marion Crane gets murdered while taking a shower. The scene first starts off with Janet in her bedroom then going to take a shower. This scene is very cliché for a horror film because the audience are sitting there saying don’t go and have a shower. In typical horror films the females that always run back up the stairs from there killer or hide or take a shower always end up dead because they trap themselves.
Consistently, women are diminished by advertisers to pretty body parts used to sell products, a practice that perpetuates the glorification of this unreasonable ideal of beauty. Women’s bodies have not only become a huge money-maker for advertisers, businesses have picked up on women’s insecurities about their bodies and have capilatized on these insecurities. On one hand, advertisers heavily market weight-reduction programs and present young anorexic models as the paradigm of ideal beauty; on the other hand, the media floods the airwaves and magazine pages with ads for junk food. In 1996, the diet industry (as in diet foods, diet programs, diet drugs) took in over $40 billion dollars, and that number is still climbing (Facts and Figures 1). Young women seem to be especially affected by our culture’s obsession with weight and beauty.
“Thin” is the norm that has become all too common. Magazines such as maxim, playboy, and numerous others all depict models that have undergone extensive reconstruction. This view of women to please men is tormenting the females in their teens and twenty’s causing them to subject their body’s to numerous cosmetic procedures in the form of; face-lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, breast augmentation (Very common), lip implants, Botox injections, and rhinoplasty (nose reconstruction). Television reinforces the exact same image through films and serials. Although both men and women undergo aesthetic surgery, the media effects on women are more significant.