WomenStereotype by the Media
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WomenStereotype by the Media
Themedia, which involves the newspaper, television, internet, magazines,radio, and film, is an element of our daily life. They are verypowerful devices that enable us get entertainment and information ondifferent issues. They reflect the world and manipulate the waypeople think. For example, media reflects different images of womenand girls that are full of stereotypes on who women are, and whatwomen’s role in the society should be. This can be limiting,negative, and degrading both in the way women perceive themselves andin the way the society perceive them. These are some examples of thestereotypes of how the media perceives women and girls.
Themedia interferes with how women view themselves now and who they canbecome in the future. The creation of women’s identity depends onthe images they see around them since they were young girls. This isbecause from a very young age, the media has presented women from thedifferent programmes and cartoons as being at home taking care of thefamily, while men are the breadwinners of the family. Therefore, theygo out to work. This has made mostly women to believe that they areonly good as homemakers. In addition, this perception interfereswith how they see their future because as much as they want to dosome jobs or pursue their career (Chrisler& McCreary, 2010).There are already drilled ideas of who they should be limiting themfrom meeting their personal goals to go greater height. The mediaportrays women as being object whose worth is measured by theirusefulness to other people. This makes it very hard for people to seewomen as people with feelings, are able to think, and are capable ofdoing different things.
Themedia portrays women as people who are weak, passive, and dependent.This images repeated viewed makes women feel that they cannot bepowerful, active or independent, in the society. In addition thisperception interfere with the way both women and men recognize shouldbe good women’s career, the importance of the women lookingsexually attractive, or if they should have powerful positions inthe society ((Ritzer,2015 )..The constant portraying of women in sexualized way increases thechances of how women are seen as sex objects in the society (Ritzer,2015 ).The constant images on different media platforms portray beautifulwomen as people who are thin, sexy, and value the way they look(Chrisler& McCreary, 2010).In women magazines, there is much emphasis of how to lose weight,what to do to appeal before men. This interferes with women’sself-esteem for those who are not thin. Research has shown thismislead conceptions can make women feel unworthy because they are notthin and lead to other health related problems such as anxiety,eating disorders and depression.
Themedia has made women look like people who not good in the sciencesubject for example science and mathematics. This is because peopleconsider them as hard subjects and women are not very able to dothem. This is not true because in the society there are femaledoctors, surgeons’, dentists, and may more.
Itis clear that women risk to become victims of sexual abuse, havemental problems, low self-esteem, barriers to be the best they can.The cause of this is the stereotype presentation of who women shouldbe and the roles they are supposed to meet in the society. The mediashould reconsider this because there are different facts on theground that shows women doing all that men are able to do which isdifferent from what used to be the traditional gender roles.
Ritzer,G. (2015). Introductionto sociology.Los Angeles: SAGE.
Chrisler,J. C., & McCreary, D. R. (2010). Handbookof gender research in psychology.New York: Springer.