Women in the Media and Women in the Real World

opinion Essay
533 words
533 words

“They have ads of how you should dress and what you should look like and this and that, and then they say ‘but respect people for what they choose to be like.’ Okay so which do we do first?” said sixteen year old, Kelsey (“Media and Girls”). Women and girls aren’t fairly portrayed in the media they are classified by the littlest things like hair color, body size, and how smart they are. The media sends images of what the “perfect” girl should be like; an unfair image of women is portrayed in the media. There are a lot of different ways that women can be unfairly portrayed, such as in advertising, on T.V, and on social networks. Why can’t society just accept women and girls for who they are and what they look like?
Are women fairly depicted on T.V.? No, in children’s T.V there are a lot of positive female role models, but in teen and adult movies and T.V they aren’t fairly portrayed (“Media and Girls”). Women seem to be less independent characters than male characters and they seem to be driven by love, romance, and their appearance (“Media and Girls”). On T.V the male characters generally are more independent; this sends an unfair image that women and girls are not independent (“Media and Girls”). Why are women classified by appearance, hair color, body size, and what they wear if we don’t classify male characters that way? Next time you see something about women in the media you might want to think again because it might not be true.
When you see an ad or a picture of a girl in a magazine, on T.V, on a social network, do you wish you could be more like that, have the flawless make up, the picture-perfect body, and the “in” hair style? Before you wish that think about how pictures of girls are edited and ...

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...s will be the unanswered questions why does the media try to tell girls and women what to be like? Why can’t the media just accept people for who they are and what they want to be like?

Works Cited

"Body Image- Girls." Media Smarts. Media Smarts. Web. 19 Nov 2013. .
Ford, Jennifer. "Fashion Advertising, Men's Magazines, and Sex in Advertising: A Critical-interpretative Study." University of South Florida. N.p.. Web. 20 Nov 2013. .
Lavine, Howard. "Sage Journals." Depicting Women as Sex Objects in Television Advertising: Effects on Body dissatisfaction. N.p.. Web. 20 Nov 2013. .
"Media and Girls." Media Smart. Media Smarts. Web. 19 Nov 2013. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that women and girls aren't fairly portrayed in the media. they are classified by the littlest things like hair color, body size, and how smart they are.
  • Opines that women aren't fairly depicted in children's t.v., but in teen and adult movies, they're not fairly portrayed.
  • Opines that girls shouldn't be influenced by the image that the media puts out there for girls.
  • Opines that the media affects a girl's self-confidence, and that girls should not feel bad about themselves because of the image of girls.
  • Opines that the unfair portrayal of women in the media leads to girls feeling bad about their body, and appearance. the media tries to make girls feel like they need to be perfect.
  • Cites ford, jennifer, and lavine, howard. "sage journals."
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