Mass Media Stereotypes

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The male stereotypic role is to be the financial provider. He is also to be competitive, independent, courageous, and career‐focused. They are the “backbone” of the entire family and are messy and unclean. The Lottery also symbolizes the stereotype of men being the hierarchy of society and coming first before women “came shortly after their menfolk” (Jackson 388). These sorts of stereotypes can prove harmful to both genders equally. They can oppress individual expression and creativity, as well as cause an overwhelming sense of power distance in men and women. Gender inequality has somewhat improved but it is still a vast problem in areas such as the labor force and the household. A point often overlooked is that children also deal with gender stereotypes. Children learn gender stereotypes from parents or the media. A child spends hours behind a television and it is important to know if what they are watching is priming their minds about stereotypes. They are influenced by the programs that are shown on television. Barbie commercials portray the stereotype that all girls dress in soft, bright colored dresses. This indicates the soft and sweetness of the young girls. All little girls are not sweet and loving as the media portrays them to be. There are some girls who are tomboys that like to play sports and get dirty. Almost everyone grew up watching Disney films wanting to be their favorite character. Either if it was Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty for girls and Aladdin and Hercules for boys. Disney mixes innocence with the ultimate form of fantasy to capture an audience. Disney characters are depicted as very thin and beautiful, this message could be influencing young girls and their understanding of what a female should look lik... ... middle of paper ... ...plained. When the pilot came over to see why the man was screaming and yelling, he told the man that he was being removed from the plane because of his conduct. When they were removing him everyone started to clap and yell. The pilot then came and apologized to the family and told them they could move to first class because of the issue Works Cited Tan, Amy. “Two Kinds”. The Story and Its Writer. Ed. Ann Charters. Compact 8th ed. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2011. 783-792. Print. Jackson, Shirley. “The Lottery”. The Story and Its Writer. Ed. Ann Charters. Compact 8th ed. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2011. 387-393. Print. Good Times. Tandeem Productions. PITS FILMS, California. 8 Feb. 1974. Television. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Dir. Spike Lee. 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. 2006. Film.
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