Week 3 Readings-

Reading Analysis

Being subjected to social stereotypes in the media is nothing new to women since World War II, groups of women known as feminists made it their life’s goal to change the way the world saw women. Women were seen as sex objects, victims, and had an extreme lack of power in the mid-1900’s. I believe it’s possible we have forgotten to keep fighting for equality and are now neglecting the hard work that women like Betty Friedan and other feminists of this time gave their lives up for; or perhaps, has how women get discriminated against has just evolved into more sinister ways.

As more women are becoming aware of being blatantly sexualized and discriminated against in television shows and movies, women have won lawsuits and settlements in favor of the women, yet I believe the creators have just adapted into being more devious about how they perceive women in their productions. Women are shown having lead roles, carrying out prestigious jobs, and being able to support themselves as individuals, but in shows including “Suits,” “Greys Anatomy” and movies including “Wonder Woman,” yet the lack of diversity in how the women characters are portrayed is frightening. The actress’ that are shown as successful, powerful, and strong characters are typically advertised as thin, always having perfect hair and makeup regardless of any circumstance, even in cases when the actress’ are working 80 plus hours a week as a surgeon. These are all factors that women and children look at, and see as a means necessary to be successful in these social roles. Information noted in “Never Just Pictures” highlights how actress’ are shamed for gaining an extra few pounds of weight after finishing the film. This issue brings into question why does our society have such a body image problem, are these accusations of actress’ we look up to and admire being “fat” the reason we hear about so many eating disorders? These ideas all tie together in the sense that eating disorders have been linked to having the same desire of their peers, and women are then seen as a victim of the society in which they live. As more women are becoming aware of being blatantly sexualized and discriminated against in television shows and movies, lawsuits and settlements have been won in favor of the women, yet I believe the creators have just adapted into being more devious about how they perceive women in their productions. Women are shown having lead roles, carrying out prestigious jobs, and being able to support themselves as individuals, but in recent shows including “Suits,” “Greys Anatomy” and movies including “Wonder Woman,” yet the lack of diversity in how the women characters are portrayed is frightening. The actress’ that are shown as successful, powerful, and reliable characters are typically advertised as thin, always having perfect hair and makeup regardless of any circumstance, even in cases when the actress’ are working 80 plus hours a week as a surgeon. These are all factors that women and children look at, and see as a means necessary to be successful in these social roles. The moral that I got from the writings was that gaining power and control was seen as a necessity to the women’s liberation movement, yet now that we have more control and woman’s rights than in the 1960’s, women must stand up for the sinister discrimination that women face every day.

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