Gender And The Media Essay

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Where does society learn to dress, how to act, and what to like? The media influences society on all of these things and more. The media does not portray men and women as equals and it reinforces stereotypes such as male dominant female submissive.The television, radio, music, and magazines persuade society on how to function, through these four types of media we are influenced to conform to their standards, and believe what the media tells us too.Music videos contain frequent references to woman portrayed as sexual objects. This portrayal of women as toys to man, prizes to be won, may lead to the disempowerment of women in sexual relationships. Especially rap/hip hop music videos are particularly explicit about sexuality. A video by Lil' Wayne or Puff Daddy shows the audience, the world, what a role of a man and what a role of a woman should be in society. Obviously the media creates these male dominant/female submissive roles. An individual in today's society observes this, and vicariously his/her sub-conscience that individual may start to feel that what they saw is the correct way to function in society. Music videos are now available on at least 4-5 major cable networks; these may be influential sources of sexual information for adolescents. Music videos often contain sexually explicit images, and basically the reason it's viewed is because it's what the viewers want to see. Sex sells! The media is all about business, what would be most entertaining for the public. This is a description of an average male dominant/female submissive music video. Women running around in skimpy bikinis or very revealing clothing, they are thin with cleavage shown. If these women are not running around they are lying around or dancing provocatively. The male singers are surrounded around these women and make several references about them, and/or certain actions these woman do in the bedroom. This is the message that's being sent to the world, that women are brainless Barbie dolls, that have nothing to do all day but a coverage of 10% clothing on them, and dance around some idiotic male that have nothing to do but sing about these half nude women. They are also saying that only beautiful skinny girls can live the high life, as opposed to the fat, ugly girls living the low life. Reading this now, one may agree that this is stereotypical but when watching the music video ones mind doesn't see all the stereotypes just a bunch of people having a fun time. Then sooner or later, this is how they perceive the world should be like, and that is why teenage girls have eating disorders because of stereotypes like this, and the need to conform to society.Magazines are an important source of relationship and sexual information, especially for woman and adolescent girls. Women's magazines until recently have focused on two broad topics: what a woman should do with a man (Cosmopolitan) and what a woman should do once she has her man and children (Redbook). Women read these...

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