Equality on Media

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Think about the last movie that was on the television. Whether it was an action, drama, romance, comedy, or even a mix does not matter. In this movie, the protagonist was most likely a headstrong, though lovable white male of an age not too young and not too old. Throughout the movie he might woo the affection of a damsel, or several, and make a hero of himself. Even if the protagonist is female, she will usually spend the film pining after some love or another and doing very little with herself that does not involve a man. They may have a friend of color, who is there for nothing but to be the brunt of racial jokes and stereotypes. If it is an action or horror movie, then they probably die, too. How many movies, television shows, comic books, or video games can one think of that generally follow this outline? Similarly, is it easy to think of any one show/movie/etc. that has a character of a sexuality other than straight, a religion other than Christian, or a character who is overweight who does not just serve to satiate bad humor? Media has long been subject to vast misrepresentation of the many different kinds of life. To find a balance the media must invest in having equal representation for different races, genders, lifestyles, and sexualities. Many movies are subject to a vicious formula that finds itself in media again and again. Male protagonist A plus problem B equals victory C and possible love interest D. How many movies come to mind that fit this mold? Many superhero movies, cowboy movies, action movies, classics, or movies from any genre or category can be pressed into this. From Batman to The Matrix and onward, the majority of movies can be pushed into this cookie-cutter shape. The ones that do not are often movies o... ... middle of paper ... ...e who spread them. If media makers devoted themselves to actually making honest representations of each type of person, then this problem would run much less rampant in the minds of the American youth (Golem 214). Works Cited “The Bechdel Test for Women in the Age of Irony.” The FussbudgetyFeminist 04 (2011): 1 2, Web. Entman, Robert, and Andrew Rojecki. The Black Image in the White Mind. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. Print. Glenn, Lenny G. ”Has Hip Hop Changed its Tune?” Electronic Theses, James C. Kirkpatrick. Library, 2012. CentralSpace. Web. 26 Nov. 2013. Golem, Clair. "Children's representation of the human figure: The effects of models, media, and instructions." Genetic Psychology Monographs Vol 87(2) (1973): 197-251. Print. "Overweight and Obesity Facts." CDC. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d. 16 August 2013. Web. 26 Nov. 2013
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