The Media's Degradation Of Women Essay

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Women have been fighting for the right to be equal members of society for centuries. In the past women were treated as second class citizens and didn’t have the same rights as men did. Women later lead a movement to change these ways. Although some drastic changes did come about from these movements, equality wasn’t fully attained. In this day and age, equality between men and women still hasn’t been achieved and the media is to blame for that. For decades, the media has dominated society’s views and perspectives of others. Due to recent media, it has been difficult to regulate how women are being influenced and treated by other people in society. The media influences society tremendously and subconsciously steers the way we treat and think of others. Advertisements, television shows, movies, the internet, magazines and other forms of the media have all targeted women in a very erroneous manner. Women are still being highly misrepresented and misunderstood through media all over the world. Increasingly, real women are being under represented, misrepresented, sexualized, discriminated, stereotyped and in many cases violence and abuse against women has also been glamorized.
Although we feel that we’ve come a long way, women still aren’t being treated as equal members of society. Going back to the 1950’s, women were expected to be stay at home mothers and housewives. “This was also the era of the "happy homemaker." For young mothers in the 1950s, domesticity was idealized in the media, and women were encouraged to stay at home if the family could afford it. Women who chose to work when they didn't need the paycheck were often considered selfish, putting themselves before the needs of their family” (Daniels 2002). Women were expected to perform domestic duties and were also expected to care for the children. Women were also treated unequally and weren’t given the same rights as men. There also seemed to be an unwritten norm in the work place that women weren’t supposed to cross.
This day and age, the roles of women have shifted however, women are still expected to follow the 1950’s norm in a sense. Although, many women are now in the labor force and are now independent, there are still barriers that aren't permitting women from being equal to men. The media has glamorized this barrier and has influenced society to think that it is normal. Advertisements with cleaning products, appliances or that have anything to do with children always feature women instead of men. The media has influenced society to think that a woman must perform house duties, take care of the children and still maintain a steady job. This has become excessive and overwhelming for women. “Women spent more time on shopping and other domestic work in 2005 than on paid work. In comparison, men spent more time on paid work than on domestic work. If paid work and domestic work are combined, women still spent 20 minutes more on average per day on work than...

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