Miss Representation Response Essay

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Having seen the harsh reality of gender issues portrayed in the documentary I’ve come to question and analyze the social paradigms that dominate my every day life and the media’s active role in their operation.

Perhaps the most shocking aspect of gender domination and sexism in our culture is that it comes with a sense of learned-obliviousness regarding the issue. Everyday I come in contact with a multitude of blatant sexism, gender objectification and individualistic oppression, yet I pay no mind. Why is it that myself and others aren’t appalled by the hideous nature of our media and our oppressive patriarchal structures that actively oppress human beings? The sad truth is that is has been regarded as commonplace and it has become our second nature to overlook it. Everyday people can go to the movie theater and see a film that objectifies women and shrug it off as just being the way things are, or a non-issue, it all goes back to our socialization and learned ...view middle of the document...

I agree with the documentary’s proposed call to action to support women and to educate the general public as a means to unhinge the cultural and social roots of sexism and patriarchy within our culture. It is important for us, as citizens of the United States and advocates for a free world, to embrace and set forth practices that elevate notions of unity and equality, especially in areas lacking that crucial attention. It’s obviously an incredible task to accomplish as it is especially difficult to challenge what has been socialized into our generation and the vast expanse of generations before us, although I believe it to be a worthy and attainable goal to challenge and remove the overarching oppression of a past of patriarchy in any way that we can. There was a young boy in the video who said that it’s important to challenge misogyny in everyday situations and that misogynistic behavior has been allowed to become commonplace amongst many males in our society. In order to challenge and tackle the issue of gender and the way it can be manipulated as a social construct to exert an oppressive utility, it is important to to understand the way that we are socialized as men, as well as women.
The documentary provided a more intimate perspective of the female plight and touched on the role men’s socialization has in oppressing and objectifying women in popular culture. I think that the way in which men are socialized plays a large part in what ultimate can become learned superiority complexes and active practices of oppression against other males and importantly females across reaches of society. Men are often socialized to be unfeeling and to crave power and women as objects as a result of media and past teachings, perhaps unintentionally, across a patriarchal society. By educating children, both male and female, about accepting others differences, the strength of uniqueness and individualism, as well as a dampening in the home of media socialization, perhaps we can dampen the staggering effects these issues have on our society as a whole. When we label everything and categorize people as less than human, we set our society on a path of moral decay. Through education, support and understanding perhaps we can all leave a lasting impact, however small, towards eliminating the looming shadow of human oppression.

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