How Gender And Sexuality Are Portrayed In Media

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Commercial considerations are more important than any other factors when producing a media product at producer?s view. One of the main functions of most of the media is to make profit, so a media producer has to create texts that audience will want to consume. ?The quality of what is said to those audiences is another matter?.(Burton, 186). Because of technology required to produce and distribute texts, are expensive. So producers need to plan their finance accurately so to earn money and minimize the risk.Audience size and reaction are often seen as a way of measuring the ?success? of a media product. So when a media producer want to make a media product to earn money, he need to make a media text that can attract audience to watch to achieve the producer?s purpose.Stereotypes and genders socialization are seen to be the reason for the inequality of power between men and women. One of a romatic comedey I watched recently was ?good times, bed times?. I found there are lots of dominant values of patriarchal society and stereotypes that is about gender are linked to values encouraged in men and masculinity. This movie shows lots of patriachal values, in a dominant male centered society.Penis represent a man?s power, lost penis?s funtion equal to ?not a man?, so he will lost man?s power and get subordinate by others. For instance, Paul is an ideal man at the beginning, he is handsome, smart and popular but after he get sexual impotence, he lost his girlfriend, get teased by his co-workers and lost his confidence immediately. People didn?t treat him as an ideal man and representative of the police anymore, he was no longer popular. It shows that anyhow you are that successful, handsome, smart and popular, if you lost your penis?s funtion, you will lost your power too. Because penis is the source of power in our patriarchal society.Paul is a policeman and Raymond is a magistrate in the movie. Men always can have a so called ?male?s job?. For example, men always stereotyped to do the firemen, doctor?etc, or to do the job that is professional and need tecniques. The media has promoted the professional values that draw upon a male-centered postivist tradition. Also, men always portrayed as success in work and can have power at their working position. Women always do not have a job that can have much power or they can not be very successful in the movie, they always need men?s help and it shows female?s stereotyped dependent character in the movie. For example, Paul and Raymond are both successful and have power at their working position. Paul is a ideal man that he is an inspector and he is the representative of police. Raymond is a magistrate and will proposed to be district court judge later. But Carrie need to depend on Paul?s help to interview the stars.Further more, men always portrayed as hard working and serious to their career, but women always seems playful and do not treat serious to their works. For instance, Tabby is playful and not serious...

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