Harmful Women Stereotypes

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The wide ranging harmful representations of women have now achieved a new level in popular culture. Every medium (television, movies, magazines, games) has the problems of their own of depicting women. Whereas there are various other issues related to the way women are repented for viewers, for the purposes of this essay it is useful to explore gender stereotypes and negative depiction of women in movies, which also include overly sexualized and unrealistic images in movies. All together these issues shore up the idea of portraying women negatively which results in erroneous representation of women by oneself and cultures as well. Movies are widely viewed medium around the globe and thus, have a huge effect on the way women perceive themselves and how others view them. Cinema has infinite numbers of movies which has represent men and women in various ways, it can be held accountable for some negative and harmful portrayal of women for the reason that, it is a hinge for many gender stereotypes. According to the researches, these stereotypes are detrimental for women as they confine women to numerous gender-specific characters in movies which may not be always true. “Regrettably, Wife Swap is simply another in the increasingly seen in movies, which include Raising Arizona (1987) in which the infertile policewoman fell in love while taking a mug shot, later they kidnapped one quintuplet of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona for the baby; it is a comedy movie overlooking the swapping factor. Another example may be of The Ice Storm (1997) in which characters were dealing with chaotic revolutionary political and social modification of the early 70s, and their escapism through alcohol, adultery, and sexual experimentation. In these movi... ... middle of paper ... ...ults yet, they suffer from the disorders of either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. The film industry in western countries such as the US makes more than $40 billion dollars worth of revenues which makes movies fairly common form of entertainment. Therefore, women are exposed to perceptions about how they are to behave, think and live on a daily basis. Appearances of females in such movies or television series also give vague initiatives to women to commit risky acts to become ‘perfect’ in the eyes of others. Needless to say, such concepts of trapping women into looking, feeling and behaving like someone other than themselves, should be revised. But as such media representation of women is what brings in profits; it is very unlikely to change anytime soon. Women should be cautious and to resist themselves in acting the way media is trying to manipulate them.

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