Misrepresentation Of Women In The Media

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“People learn more from media than any other single source of information” (Missrepresentation). This quote exemplifies how society learns and creates their standards about people, places, and things. All sources and mediums of media impact billions of lives every day. The media holds this power over society and it’s time to change that; especially when it comes to the media’s view of women. Women are constantly being misrepresented. This misrepresentation of women in the media is negatively impacting America by corrupting both the youth and adults. This is occurring because of the hyper-sexualization of women, wrongly portraying women in leadership positions, and creating stereotypes of women in movies and television.
“You can’t be what you can’t see” (Siebel). In today’s society one gets their many standards of how they should look, act, and talk from the media. The media is setting these standards and instead of putting out unrealistic ideals of beauty for children, they should be encouraging more positive and realistic ideals. If it’s not on television or in the magazines, young children especially, can’t attempt to copy it. The first form of media to look at is advertisements. “U.S. advertisers spent billions of dollars in 2009. 80% of countries in the world have GDP’s less than what was spent” (Missrepresentation). It’s obvious that consumerism is a large aspect of American culture. Advertisements consume Americans lives. No matter where one goes these ads follow. In magazines, on television, radios, billboards litter the highways. There’s always something screaming “Buy me” or “Be like me”. The problem at hand is not women being sexy. It’s okay for a woman to want to be or look sexy; it’s the hyper-sexualization of women that’s an issue. Being overly sexy or unrealistically sexy is the problem. Those Victoria’s Secret advertisements aren’t wrong but the unrealistic body images they promote is the problem. When Victoria’s Secret is allowed to have models prance around on screen but Lane Bryant Ads (lingerie for plus size women) is banned then there’s a problem. The media is portraying these models who are thin to the point where it is unhealthy. And the media is feeding society lies. A perfect example is of Gerran Tyler. Tyler was a 12 year old supermodel. She walks the run way for clients like Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, and Betsey Johnson. She’s tall, thin, the perfect model because she hasn’t hit puberty yet. She walked during New York Fashion Week and posed for these designer brands advertisements. This body type is unachievable for almost all adult women (Roberts). Somebody in their twenties or thirties doesn’t have the ability to look like a twelve year old girl, but this is how these designers are telling us to look. Tyler had an amazing career and high expectations but the fame didn’t last long. As she got older and hit puberty she began to develop boobs, hips, and curves. She began getting less and less bookings. Her supermodel...

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