What Makes A Person Feminine?

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What makes a person feminine? Is it their gender? Their choice in clothing? Their personal traits? In season two, episode eight of Family Guy, Peter, one of the main characters, gets in touch with his feminine side. His portrayal of the typical American woman is quite insulting and frankly inaccurate. The episode only becomes more disrespectful once Peter regains his manhood. Throughout the episode gender inequalities are certainly portrayed. After finishing this episode, one questioned remained, what does femininity mean to the media? The show starts off with a commercial of two overly sexualized women. Lois, Peter’s wife, reacts to this commercial by saying “of course a man made this.” While Peter responds with “it’s a commercial not a Thanksgiving dinner.” As the episode starts to unfold, Peter makes another sexist comment, this time it is to one of his female co-workers. Peter tells this woman a joke that she doesn’t find funny. He says “Why do women have boobs, so you have something to look at while you’re talking to them.” Offended, she went to the head of the company and filed a complaint. During the meeting with the head of the company, Peter says yet another insulting comment, “Women are not people, they are devices built by the Lord Jesus Christ for our entertainment.” Appalled by the comments Peter made, he was sent to an all women’s retreat to receive sexual harassment training and get in touch with his feminine side. After falling from a tree at the retreat and hitting the grown hard, Peter regains consciousness as a whole new person. Peter claims that from this fall, he has felt women’s pain, and from there on out he is going to be a changed man. If you ask me, Peter takes on this extreme stereotype of what it means ... ... middle of paper ... ...eals.” This idea of attractiveness is so essential to our societal views of women that we rarely attribute traits of strength and motivation with women. Can you imagine what that does to their psyches? Personally, I think there needs to be a major reevaluation of what it means to be a woman in our society. As can be seen, in the movie The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, women can accomplish things just as much as men can, if not more. All in all, the assumptions the media makes about femininity is a big contributing factor to a lot of social inequalities our society has. Assuming that women are here for the pleasure and the needs of others is offensive and completely inaccurate. Boys and girls alike, who watch shows like Family Guy, will only internalize these misconceptions as being true. That is why it is important to break the stereotypes of femininity.
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