This not only allows male artists to have a more likely chance of being respected, but also affects the views audiences have on female artists. Sexism is shown in the music industry towards female artists. Sexism towards women occurs when men feel as if they are superior to women. Men have not always looked at women as equals, but more as objects to please themselves. Traditional values teach that men should provide and work for their family while women should just be mothers and take care of their homes for their husbands.
It also represents the role gender plays in music, for instance, the male gender is far more likely to be more dominant in contrast to the female gender, since they are perceived as strong, masculine and powerful. This therefore gives girls the perception to be more submissive as this type of behaviour can lead teenage girls into becoming more passive, dependent because of the way th... ... middle of paper ... ... For example, teenage girls might be labelled by the media as whole yet they may also individually battle to remove the stigmas attach to them, whilst finding a place in their social capital (Barkhuus, 1999). As a result, this could impact teenage girls since the transition to adulthood is often associated with an increase in responsibility yet at the same time they are labelled in the media because of the preconception of how females should behave (Cieslik and Simpson, 2013). Overall, the identity of teenage girls can easily be influenced and constructed by the media because of the cultural and social norms created within society. That can impact the development of teenage girls, in regards to their identity that can place at risk or vulnerability, because of the content that is present within the media and the preconception it has created in regards to females.
Women portrayed as skinny and sexy would create stereotypes that can influence other women that are not related to media (Berberick). When women portrayed such roles, they tend to affect the society into thinking that all women are similar. However that is not the case, as all women have different personalities and attributes that make them different from other women. Women should not bother about men’s ideal thinking of how women should look and behave as women have the same rights as men and they are no different from each other. However, the issue is that media chooses to only display the ideal image of women rather than the true self.
Another personal problem that affects women is the objectification in the media. Sexually objectified pictures of women appear in television advertising, on the web and in newspapers. This encourages girls to think of and treat their own bodies as objects of others’ desires. Women try to improve their social position, yet sexual objectification reduces them to the status of mere tools for men’s purposes and makes them preoccupied with their appearance (Gill, 14). Women should have enough courage to
Downes (2012) discussed how although women had immense talent within the punk genre, they were shunned away due to their gender. It is important to note points made by Brabazon (2012) which shows the effects and modifications music has on men to argue that it is not just women that are affected by this media culture. All the academic sources examined discuss the detrimental impacts popular music culture has had on the community. Both female and male artists are breaking barriers as to the gender roles originally implemented, however, it seems that artists are in a constant struggle between what their audience expects of them and what is the reality.
Although there have been distinctions made between sex and gender, the media is responsible in part for putting men and women into separate gender roles based on their sex . Women have been culturally conditioned to be the weaker, submissive sex and the use of stereotyping women in advertisements has validated those gender roles within society. And although these stereotypes are conditioned from more than just the media, changing the way women are portrayed in magazine advertisements could potentially make a big difference in the way women are viewed in society.
The way media represents women are for them to be thin-like models and other women on television to be the high standard of “attractiveness” to others. The advertising involved targets young teenage women and feature these models that are portraying desirable items, and the “norm” is for these women to be slender and beautiful (Vonderen & Kinnally, 2012). Research has been done to prove that media’s pressure on being thin causes women to be depressive and negative feelings about themselves . Women’s view are skewed and perceived incorrectly of what the typical female body should be (Haas, Pawlow, Pettibone & Segrist, 2012). Body image for women has always been stressed for them to look a certain way and to try obtain “physical perfec... ... middle of paper ... ...deva, 2012).
Younger feminists (many of whom were third wavers) argued that gender no longer constrained them. They felt that they were free to enjoy “girlie” femininity that the women before them participated in, but without the oppression that followed this expression. Third wave feminists stated that they were rebelling against the cross-sexual dress seen in the sisters before them. Third wave feminists attempted to reclaim their power, by dressing in a manner that society thought dehumanized them. This was an ongoing struggle of post-1990s feminism – how to reclaim different aspects of “traditional” female sexuality and femininity in which their culture dehumanizes them for expressing.
A women’s role in society is problematic; women are still fighting for equal rights and fair treatment. It’s hard to escape this male dominated world because society helped construct this obscene idea that men are more important than women. In the article by Adrienne Rich, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence, helps explain the idea that women are secondary to men, which then triggers male behavior towards women in a negative way. This leads to domestic violence, unequal pay and treatment in the workforce, and discrimination against women. For
In our society however, women are programmed to shame their sexualities, and in turn, themselves. This is a great contradiction. Women should be encouraged to embrace their sexualities safely and positively and seek the empowerment and self-discovery that can come from it. The repression of natural sexuality and erotic energies within women can in many ways have negative affects. Sexuality is a part of who we are, just as being of a certain ethnicity is a part of one’s self and identity.