Gender Roles in the Media

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The media prove that the control that men seek over women is broken when women take control of the power that they have.
The Media portray Women as being able to succeed in their lives. Peggy Olsen, a main character in the show Mad Men, started out as a typical working girl, not prostitutes and lovers but a secretary in an upper class business office. She had made it well, her own desk, a typewriter, and the best employee in the office, Don Draper. The other members of staff were jealous of how well taken care of Don was, Peggy was the best secretary that he had ever had. Peggy was no bombshell beauty, making her the perfect candidate for the job, Don has a bad habit of infidelity with his secretaries, this forcing them to leave the job. Peggy took hold of her ambition, weighing in on a chat about the advertisement for lipstick, and this promoted her into a copywriter. In no time at all, Peggy had left the small desk outside a big office for a small, shared office of her own. She was the first girl copywriter at Sterling-Cooper, meaning that she had to prove herself to not only the clients, but everyone else in the office. The world was against her to succeed, women had certain jobs, and, when one woman went above and beyond what was to be her position, she breaking new ground. Peggy continued working, during the company shift, as well as at a new company. The media showed Peggy succeeding where no woman had, and she did not lose herself to office polities, or 1960’s gender roles.

The media show women as being able to stand up for themselves and confront their problems. Betty Draper, she used to be a model and now is a prize wife for the attractive Don Draper. Don has a problem with not sleeping with his wife, but instead seve...

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Works Cited
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Steinem, Gloria. “Wonder Woman.” The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011 Muller New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011 537-544. Kindle Edition.

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