Stereotypes in our society are not uncommon. We come across them every day without realizing it. It is in our human nature to create expectations of the people around us, which could be based upon their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or other factors. Stereotypes help us categorize a vast group of people that we may not know anything about, to think that they are smaller and less intimidating. I believe that the blame for these cookie-cutter patterns can lead directly back to the media in every sense of the word. Media is all around us, and affects our opinions and ability to think for ourselves. Whether it’s the latest box office hit or the headlining news, we are getting assumptions from every point of view, which makes it hard to form our own. But I personally think that the biggest influence of our time are in the cinematic arts.
Movies have been a huge part of the American culture since the motion pictures were first invented. Since the late eighteenth century, families have been going to the movie theater to spend quality time together. But as the action packed western thrillers soon turned to risque dramas, the idea of Hollywood made filmed changed drastically. In the early nineteen fifties, when televisions were becoming quite popular in the average American home, it was considered provocative to broadcast a married couple sitting in bed together. But today it would be considered a G rated program if it didn’t at least imply sexeul interests. This topic can be traced back to the stereotypes of Hollywood’s employees and how they influence us today.
From Actors to Actresses or even just the director’s assistant, everybody in Hollywood has an expectation from someone else. When people think about the question of sexism in Hollywood, they immediately think about women. When asked if she has ever been subjected to sexism in her industry, the young actress Ellen Page respond, “It’s how you’re treated, it’s how you’re looked at, how you’re expected to look in a photo-shoot, it’s how you’re expected to shut up and not have an opinion… If you’re a girl and you don’t fit a very specific vision of what a girl should be, then you’re at a bit of a loss.” I think that this quote is a good example of the obvious side of sexism, which is, in my opinion, about the expectations of a woman. But the bias stereotypes are also expanded to men in the media as well.
A common action movie consists of a physically and mentally equipped male lead who often saves himself and his attractive female supporting lead. The status quo for a man in Hollywood is quite simple; strong and handsome. BBC: Culture wrote an article about the blandness in actors these days. They said that men in the media are always set to play one specific role, and it is hard to break out of that category that Hollywood has cast them as. For example, Daniel Radcliffe will always be Harry Potter in the eyes of it’s fans. Ryan Gosling will always play a bad-boy...