“Advertisements guide thinking, action, and behavior as people come to accept mainstream ideas through visuals. The most crucial of these is what it means to be a man or a woman. Ideas about how to feel, dress, look, and behave, and how to interact with other men and women is the bedrock of culture in which we live” - Pamela Morris
Gender Defining Ads Commercials, billboards, and print ads, shape the way men and women should be in accordance to society. Advertisers give us gender specific advertisements to tell us what it is like to be a man or a woman Society has caught on to concepts of what traditional roles in gender should be Uses them to advance their products and reach consumers
Stereotypes Carved the path for many product advertisements even if the actual demographic itself seems invulnerable Ads apply gender stereotypes intentionally to persuade consumers Men and women reach out to products and ideals of what the marketers are selling because of the significance and representation of the gender Advertisers use stereotypes to draw in the targeted end user
“Men are physically active and employed in productive careers, while a woman’s job is to look seductive and be pretty”
Male Stereotypes Applied Males have dominated sports related advertisements Images that society has placed upon this gender and its characteristics. Powerful working image of men in advertising. These ideas implemented by the advertisements can affect how males are perceived in our culture.
Female Stereotypes Applied Have taken a ‘stay at home’ role in advertisements Shown using products that relate to these functions and tasks defined by our society Depicted as having very fit bodies Rates as more attractive More likely to wear revealing clothing than their male
Women perceptions of Beauty in Advertising http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3o_vWwl_8c
Gender Ad Reality In the ads shown today in regards to products intended to take on house roles, such as washing the dishes, floors, clothes, etc., are still aimed at women. Men are rarely used to create the visual of getting the cleaning job done right unless it is in terms of showing their masculinity.
Women used in Male Ads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9tWZB7OUSU Certain adsonly directed at one gender, may use the other gender to attract those to buy product.
Conclusion Male character- represented by ads and society, responsible for titles they maintain Female character – represented by physical beauty projected to possess. Society has implied roles and associates certain behaviors with certain genders. Gender characterized in advertising continues to deepen the stereotypes derived by society
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