Women’s Representation in Media

Ever since media has been created its played a huge role in how women are portrayed. We see from a young age that women are represented as skinny, pretty, or even dumb in the media. This portrayal affects a lot of women on a day-to-day basis. It makes us think that we have to conform to this representation and others believe that this is just how women are. Why are women portrayed like this and why are most people ignorant to their negative portrayal? In the documentary, Miss Representation directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, women come together to share their experiences of how this negative portrayal has affected them in their lives and take apart the social construction around women’s image.

Through out this documentary, viewers get to see interviews with several women who work in the media. Most of them are actresses like Daphne Zuniga, who has starred in the popular series, One Tree Hill. Zuniga in the film speaks about landing a role on television and was told, “Your part is secured, but would you consider doing botox, or collagen, or something?” It’s not an uncommon occurance that women in television turn to these procedures to look youthful and keep their jobs. This also holds true for newscasters and journalists who are covered in makeup and told what to wear and what to say. Katie Couric, who is most well known for being a journalist on the Today Show said in the film, “If women spent a tenth of the time thinking about how to solve the world’s problems as they think about their weight, we could solve them in a matter of months.” This goes to show how often women are worried about their weight and their appearance. Women are led by the media’s portrayals to believe they have to be these things in order to be happy, or keep a job.  Miss Representation shows us the negative portrayal of women in the media and it deconstructs the social construction of how women are “supposed” to be.

 

Works Cited

Miss Representation. Dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Girls’ Club Entertainment, 2011. Film.

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5 thoughts on “Women’s Representation in Media

  1. So true!!! Through the media, people could easily find that nowadays’s women pay much more attention to their appearance and weight than some world problems that still exist in the society. So, in my viewpoint, women has the same chance, same capacity, same intelligence as men. Women also have the power to make the world better in a big way with words instead of wars. Hence, the social construction of women’s representation is supposed to be changed.

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  2. So true!!! Through the media, people could easily find that nowadays’s women pay much more attention to their appearance and weight than some world problems that still exist in the world. So, in my viewpoint, women has the same chance, same capacity, same intelligence as men. Women also have the power to make the world better in a big way with words instead of wars. Hence, the social construction of women’s representation is supposed to be changed.

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  3. Yes! And especially now with all the social media outlets we have. For example, one of the most popular hashtags on Instagram is follow back, double tap, beauty and face. Instagram always shows models and the ” perfect” image of a women which can be harmful to younger girls

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  4. Very True. I feel the media plays a big influence in many children’s lives, both male and female. The media associates beautiful women and men with terms like skinny, symmetric face, and muscular bodies. People who do not process these qualities, tend to label themselves as unwanted or unattractive. This media’s portrayal of women and men is very harmful to not only REAL normal people, but also the very idea of what makes someone beautiful.

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  5. Interesting article! I would like to add on to other places I have viewed women being thought of as a object. Lately, I have started to listen to Drake and one of his songs, “Hotline Bling” has a lot of negativity against women; the song displays the downfall of a romantic relationship. The lyrics oppress and victimize women, whereas the dance moves and tones are used for mimicking. The song was originally created as a part of Drake’s’ “anti-Meek Mill” campaign, however it turned out to be about Drake’s desperate complaint about his ex-girlfriend acquiring her own identity. Thus, he wrote it to oppress his ex-girlfriend by using age-old lyrics which include confining women to the home stereotypes, and that display a patriarchal attitude and misogynist views. Drake is a well-known artist because he knows what the listeners want and delivers it. He targets his audience very well and in the case of “Hotline Bling,” he targeted teenagers through the usage of social media. But, its amazing how he displayed women in his song; he illustrated them as if they were a OBJECT, which is sad considering the fact that we live in the twenty first century.

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