Biblical And Media Stereotypes Of Women


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Biblical And Media Stereotypes Of Women

  1. 1. By Marissa Banning
  2. 2.  A stereotype is defined as creating an on oversimplified, false, or generalized portrayal of a group of people. They are often inaccurate and derogatory.  Stereotypes prejudge a person’s ability, skills, and personality based on unfair assumptions about racial, physical, or cultural traits. [YSU]
  3. 3.  As seen in pop  Though many culture, strides and depictions of females milestones have are chock full of the been made in the predominately last 20 years on white, desperately these thin, and scantily portrayals, the clad. stereotypes unfortunately remain.
  4. 4.  Articles and advertisements in women’s magazines often paint of picture that if a woman is thinner and more youthful, she’ll have an all- around, more successful life.  By presenting a bodily ideal difficult to main, additionally, cosmetics and diet products companies are assuring themselves economic prosperity.  American women currently invest between $40 & $100 billion dollars annually in the diet industry and are likely to spend on the higher end of the scale if they are insecure. [Beauty]
  5. 5.  Research shows that exposure to women like the air-brushed and made-up ones depicted in print media is linked to depression, loss of self-esteem, and the development of unhealthy eating habits in women and girls. [“Beauty”]
  6. 6.  Anorexia Nervosa and  The Canadian Women’s Related Eating Health Network were Disorders,Inc. reported shocked and concerned that one out of every to find that such four college-aged measures were being women use unhealthy taken by children as methods of weight young as five and six, control, including, fastin proving that the pressure g, skipping meals , over- to be thin crosses all age exercising, laxative demographics. abuse, and self-induced [“Beauty”] vomiting.
  7. 7.  A 2006 study entitled “Appearance in Culture in Nine-Twelve Year Old Girls: Peer and Media Influences on Body Disattisfaction” showed that almost half of all pre-adolescent girls want to be thinner and have engaged in and are aware of dieting concepts. [Beauty]
  8. 8.  In 2003, Teen Magazine reported that thirty-five percent of girls ages 6- 12 have been on at least one diet.  The study also showed that 50-70% of normal weight girls believe they are fat.  Generally, ninety percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies in some way. [“Beauty”]
  9. 9.  . The number of girls who seek Barbie doll- esque proportions is a fast growing epidemic.  In 2006, it was estimated that over 450,000 Canadian women were affected by an eating disorder. [“Beauty”]
  10. 10.  Women’s magazines contain 10 ½ more ads and articles promoting weight loss than men’s do.  Over ¾ of the covers on women’s magazines include at least one message about how to change one’s bodily appearance. [Beauty]
  11. 11.  Television and movies reinforce thinness as a measure of a woman’s worth.  Three-fourths of the female characters in situation comedies are underweight, with only about 20% being average.  Heavier female characters tend to receive negative remarks from the males in the show, at which the audience tends to find amusement and humor in more than eighty-percent of the time.[Beauty]
  12. 12.  Despite reforms  Modern models weigh concerning twenty-three percent less diversity, models’ weights than the average woman, and compared to twenty years Photoshopping, advertisin ago when they were only g is what still ultimately eight- percent lighter. drives the motto, quot;Thin is [Beauty] in.” because of backlash.  These models are believed to sell more products for the company.
  13. 13.  The mass media  Many women choose to barrages women with internalize these the idea that the female stereotypes and begin to form is something to solely judge themselves perfected. by the media’s  Real bodies have standards. become almost invisible  These “ideals” also cause in mass publications, women to compare due to further backlash themselves to one and financial success. another and fuels competitiveness in the dating world to see who is the most attractive and desirable to men.
  14. 14.  The media puts shockingly profound pressure on women to be both sexually active and attractive ,daily, through ads, television, and cinema.
  15. 15. According to the National Eating Disorders Association one out of every four television commercials send some sort of message of attractiveness , informing viewers of what is hot and what is not.[“Sex”]
  16. 16. Thirty-eight percent of female video game characters are dressed in a risqué manner, with 23 percent baring breasts and cleavage, 31 percent exposing thighs and mid- drifts, respectively, and the remaining 15 percent baring their backs. [Sex]
  17. 17.  Women’s bodies are used to sell almost anything that can be advertised.  Is it often argued that these ads are only presented to grab consumers’ attentions.  The fact that sole body parts are often focused on, further reinforces the objectifying.
  18. 18.  Women’s magazines  The presence of these and others alike today findings is disturbing often still contain, due to the fact that which do they admit, a research shows that single image of female about 2/3 of young sexuality: that females’ people turn to the main focuses should be media for information attracting and on sex, the same physically pleasing number who report to men. their mothers for the same advice (Sex).
  19. 19.  The over-depiction of thin women in the mass media has eventually caused the female society to equate physical and sexual attractiveness with the physique.  Articles about dieting and weight loss are often placed adjacent to advice in dealing with and pleasing the opposite sex in many popular magazine publications. [Sex]
  20. 20.  Female television and film characters are depicted as being occupied with what men want.  Professor Nancy Signorielli, of the University of Delaware, points out that women are shown caught up in the dating world in such productions, while men are on the job and doing other activities. [“Sex”]
  21. 21.  The media is often accused of infantilizing women, making them appear weak and helpless.  Being vulnerable is often equated with being a potential victim of such violence.  Some advertisements are criticized of implying that they don’t really mean “no” when objecting to sexual advances and are only teasing, the most famous example of this being a fragrance called Fetish. This infamously read, quot;Apply generously to your neck so he can smell the scent as you shake your head “no”.”
  22. 22.  Though the number of  Women in politics are often female professionals in the given less media coverage last two decades, there are than their male counterparts. still some discrepancies when  If they do indeed get it comes to news coverage. coverage, the stories often  The press often relies on men involve the domestic aspects to report on of the woman’s life as business, politics, and opposed to her actual economics. political positions and other  Women are more often than important campaign not are covered issues such information. [Media] as accidents, natural disasters, and domestic violence, as opposed to stories of personal achievement.
  23. 23.  In 2000, a study  In the realm of talk showed that only shows, studies done on eighteen-percent of “Meet the Press” and news stories quote “Face the Nation” women. showed than only 9%  Women-related stories of the total guests also accounted for a were female. little less than ten-  The women were also percent of all media seen to be given 10% of coverage. the speaking while on the show. [Media]
  24. 24.  Women involved in politics are often stereotyped by and put down by the press as being “witchy”.  The best example being Hilary Clinton has been referred to as such more than fifty times in her political career.  [“Media”]