Miss Representation Misrepresentation

The documentary Miss Representation identifies the numerous ways women are misrepresented in the media, including in news, advertisements, movies, and television.
The title Miss Representation emphasizes that the way we portray women in the media is a misrepresentation, as in it does not do women justice and oftentimes, has a negative impact on the perception of women. Frequently in the media, women lack leading roles and complexity, are held to an unrealistic standard of beauty, and are subject to objectification and beautification (Newsom, 2011). These misrepresentations lay the groundwork for gender socialization, and therefore, shape how women perceive themselves and are perceived by others.
In the United States, the negative implications
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These movies allowed female characters to embody all the contradictions that could make them a woman. They were portrayed as the “femme fatale” and also “mother,” the “seductress” and at the same time the “saint,” (Newsom, 2011). Female characters were multi-faceted during this time and had much more complexity and interesting qualities than in the movies we watch today.
Today, only 16% of protagonists in movies are female, and the portrayal of these women is one of sexualization and dependence rather than complexity (Newsom, 2011). Mainstream movies are about men’s lives, and the few movies about women’s lives, at their core, still also revolve around men (Newsom, 2011). These female leads often have male love interests, looking to get married or get pregnant. Strong independent female leads are still exist for the male view, as they are hypersexualized, or the “fighting fuck toy,” (Newsom,

2011). This depiction has created a culture where women are insecure and waiting for a knight on a horse to come rescue and provide for her as well as the acceptance of women
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This backlash pressed the pause button on the feminism movement, but not for long. The feminist movement still exits today with a strong following, and I believe will continue to exist despite backlash even in recent years.
4) In my lecture on socialization, I described traditional gender messages as pervasive, powerful, and pernicious (harmful). Write one paragraph about each of these descriptors, using evidence from the documentary, to support or refute my argument.
Gender socialization creates traditional gender messages, or our expectations for the appropriate gendered behavior of both men and women. These gender roles can be detrimental to all genders, but for women, they are particularly pervasive, powerful, and pernicious. Gender messages in the media are pervasive because they are so widespread across all media outlets and there is frequent exposure due to easy accessibility and mass usage. Television shows and movies that have a strong female lead role who are also not hyper-sexualized are few and far between. Oftentimes, plot lines with a woman lead still have a strong male presence, usually in the form of love and relationship building.

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