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  1. 1. The Depiction of Women in the Media Through Teen Dramas Krystina Ravazzano - 260379689
  2. 3. One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl <ul><li>Popular teen dramas </li></ul><ul><li>Set in a high school setting to begin with </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on the 'in' crowd of the school and how others get in </li></ul>
  3. 4. Sexualization of Teen Girls <ul><li>The teens that are shown on these dramas are girls that want male attention </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely sexually forward towards males </li></ul><ul><li>Very sexually experienced at a young age </li></ul><ul><li>Have to be willing to please a guy </li></ul>
  4. 5. Sexualization of Teen Girls <ul><li>To be 'accepted', one must be sexually-open and experienced </li></ul><ul><li>Male characters love it when girls are sexually free </li></ul><ul><li>Sex is a huge part of a romantic relationship in high school </li></ul><ul><li>It's okay to sleep with multiple people casually </li></ul><ul><li>Makes STDs and pregnancies seem nearly impossible </li></ul>
  5. 6. Sexualization of Teen Girls
  6. 7. Effects of Sexualization of Teen Girls <ul><li>Become sexually active at a younger age in order to fit in </li></ul><ul><li>Believe it is the only way to get a guy </li></ul><ul><li>Think that EVERYONE is having sex </li></ul><ul><li>Make decisions on being sexually active without being well informed on STDs and risk of pregnancy </li></ul>
  7. 8. The Need for a Boyfriend <ul><li>Willingness to put up with bad behaviour in hopes the guy will change </li></ul><ul><li>Giving chances after chances to a guy who is messing up constantly </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrificing friends for guys </li></ul>
  8. 9. The Need for a Boyfriend <ul><li>Waiting around for the guy to come around </li></ul><ul><li>Pulling out all the stops to get a guy including trying to make him jealous </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Need for a Boyfriend/Guy In every teen drama, every girl on the show has to be attached to a guy at some point or another. The story lines are usually around specific relationships or the girls trying to get boyfriends.
  10. 11. Effects of Need for a Boyfriend/Guy <ul><li>Put up with behaviour that is inappropriate and disrespectful </li></ul><ul><li>Go to great lengths to keep boyfriend </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making him jealous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using sexual advances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacrificing friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacrificing school </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. The Need for a Boyfriend/Guy and Sexualization of Teen Girls “ Here's my philosophy on dating. It's important to have somebody that can make you laugh, somebody you can trust, somebody that, y'know, turns you on... And it's really, really important that these three people don't know each other.” (Brooke Davis – One Tree Hill)
  12. 13. Relationships Between Girls Cliques (Gossip Girl) <ul><li>Girls are in tight-knit groups lead by a specific girl </li></ul><ul><li>Girls are shown to be back-stabbing and that it is good </li></ul><ul><li>They would do anything to stay at the top and to have the group leader approval </li></ul><ul><li>Often copy everything their leader does including the way they dress </li></ul>
  13. 14. Relationships Between Girls Cliques (Gossip Girl)
  14. 15. Relationships Between Girls Cliques (Gossip Girl) In Gossip Girl, the story is behind a person who receives text messages from people, mainly girls, who tip her off on the latest gossip going on in the main characters' high school. These text messages are most of the time embarrassing, an invasion of privacy and cruel. However, the girls use them as revenge against other girls or ex-boyfriends, to climb their way up the social hierarchy or just to cause havoc.
  15. 16. Relationships Between Girls Friends vs. Boyfriends (One Tree Hill) <ul><li>Love triangles begin with two best friends and a common guy </li></ul><ul><li>Fights occur due to rights to a guy </li></ul><ul><li>Girl fights happen to make girls 'stay away' from their boyfriends </li></ul><ul><li>Friendships are broken </li></ul><ul><li>Jealousy begins with the slightest smile at the wrong time </li></ul>
  16. 17. Relationships Between Girls Friends vs. Boyfriends (One Tree Hill)
  17. 18. Effects of Relationships Between Girls <ul><li>Rise of girl fights within schools </li></ul><ul><li>Rise of verbal tormenting </li></ul><ul><li>Girls choosing guys over their friends </li></ul><ul><li>Using violence or threats to keep girls away from boyfriends or guys they like </li></ul><ul><li>Horrible gossiping and rumours about girls </li></ul><ul><li>Not developing strong relationships with girls because of lack of trust and mean behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Jealousy is very prominent among girls </li></ul>
  18. 19. Sexist Remarks Made from Girl to Girl <ul><li>Competition is brought up between girls </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of jealousy </li></ul><ul><li>Want to be the best and keep the title </li></ul><ul><li>Putting down others to make yourself feel better </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>“ You're either on 'Team Brooke' or 'Team Peyton' and nobody wants to be on 'Team Peyton' because their captain is a big whore” (Brooke Davis – One Tree Hill) </li></ul>
  19. 20. Effects of Sexist Remarks Made from Girl to Girl Allowing sexist remarks such as calling your friends whores, sluts, skanks, etc. Casually or to insult other girls makes it seem as though it is fine for guys to use these words to describe girls. It denounces girls in various ways and makes people think lowly of them.
  20. 21. Unrealistic Beauty Goals <ul><li>Not one overweight or unattractive girl on the show </li></ul><ul><li>Always look put together at school and even on their worst days they wear make-up and still try to look pretty </li></ul><ul><li>All girls have flat stomachs and nice overall bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Boys on the show like their bodies </li></ul>
  21. 22. Attempts to Include Realistic Beauty Goals <ul><li>One Tree Hill attempted this past week to encourage realistic beauty goals but the execution was done horribly. This girl may be wearing a shirt that says 'Zero is not a size' but she is not bigger than a size 2, which still reinforces the idea that bigger is bad. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Effects of Unrealistic Beauty Goals <ul><li>Increases anxiety about appearances </li></ul><ul><li>Increases rates of eating disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Increases chance of low self-confidence and self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Increases divide between 'pretty' girls and 'ugly' girls </li></ul><ul><li>Makes it seem as though there is something wrong with normal body weight </li></ul>
  23. 24. Long-Term Effects of Teenage Girls <ul><li>Girls begin to believe they are not good enough at anything </li></ul><ul><li>Makes girls seem like they have no control of anything </li></ul><ul><li>Allows girls to believe that they need to be 'perfect' to be accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Don't understand that the goals set by TV are unrealistic and unattainable </li></ul>
  24. 25. Why Having These Shows on TV Is Not Healthy <ul><li>Gives an unrealistic idea of high school </li></ul><ul><li>Makes girls think that they have expectations about them that are impossible </li></ul><ul><li>Causes stress among young girls </li></ul><ul><li>Girls do not become educated on the problems that can come with being sexually active, having a guy rule their lives, losing friends, and having unrealistic beauty goals </li></ul><ul><li>Get exposed to these ideas at a very young age including elementary school </li></ul>
  25. 26. What is Social Justice? <ul><li>Social justice is equality between between people in society </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding that differences should not interfere with how we view others </li></ul><ul><li>Deals with human rights which includes freedom of thought, freedom of association, etc. </li></ul>
  26. 27. How Do Teen Dramas Effect Create Social Injustice Among Women <ul><li>They are shown as one-dimensional characters </li></ul><ul><li>Men are shown to be superior to women </li></ul><ul><li>Does not celebrate the differences between women but instead encourages women to be clones of each other </li></ul><ul><li>Does not celebrate a girl's talent or knowledge instead they are shown to only be able to throw a good party, be a fashion designer, be a teacher, etc. which are typical 'female' traits and jobs </li></ul>