How do you think women are portrayed in the media? For the past few decades, women have always been seen as inferior to men. They are objectified in ads, seen negatively by the audience, and overall seen as powerless. Also, have you ever paid attention to what women are seen wearing on TV shows and movies? They are mostly seen wearing types of clothing that will please men or attract them. People need to see and understand that this is not how women should be portrayed. There are more to women than just what they wear and how they look.
The documentary “Miss Representation” produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom in 2011 attacks negative and restrictive images of girls and women and also reveals how women are seen in the media from a whole new perspective. Things you never really paid attention to in the media start to make sense after watching this documentary. It makes people realize how women are seen so differently compared to men as gender stereotypes are actively pointed out during the film.
Mostly men play the leading roles in movies and TV shows. It is always the women being saved by the men. In Hollywood, most actresses are paid less than their male co-stars just because they are females. A few decades ago, women were seen on TV as wives who do housework and care for their children while their husbands go to work. Although progress has been made, women are still seen as smaller than men. They are portrayed as weaker beings who depend on men in order to survive.
Another JSR Reporter, Justin Kim, gave his thoughts on how women are portrayed in the media. “Generally, most shows do not have a female lead character. Females are shown to be a sidekick to the male leading roles. As such, women are seen to be clueless and heavily dependent in the media, unintentionally spreading sexist gender roles in some cases. However, these days there is an increasingly large number of female characters that are shown to have leading roles.”
Only in a few number of news programs and movies are women seen taking on lead roles and experts. There are a smaller number of women than men in the entertainment industry which is why women are so underrepresented than men in the media. In magazines and commercials, women are always seen as meeting up to the beauty standards of society. This unfortunately teaches young girls who are exposed to this type of media to believe that only women who are slim, young, and beautiful can be accepted in society.
In conclusion, society needs to change how women are seen in the media. People need to learn and realize that women of all kind can achieve their dream without having to be objectified in ads and magazines.