Female Representation In Media

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Female representation in the media has always been lacking, to say the least. Women are there, but they always seem to be in the background or in the shadow of their male counterparts. With the invention of the internet, people have learned how to take the technology and turn it into new forms of media. Because the internet is predominately user driven, this allows creators to have more equal footing regardless of gender. Because of this, within the past couple of years, women have been able to use their internet stardom to cross over to more traditional forms of media.

Television and movies are still an incredibly large part of the American lifestyle. According to Nielsen company, 99% of Americans own at least one television in their
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However, the study also finds that women are more likely to be sexualized, and have a lower paying job than their male counterparts. The film industry fares far worse by comparison, in a depressing study conducted by the New York Film Academy: of the top 500 films from 2007-2012, show that only 30.8% of speaking characters are women. That same study, they shows 26.2% of women have scenes where they are partially naked. There is a mere 4.6% difference between a woman actually having a speaking role, and a character being used for a sex scene. A 2011 Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows that American children, on average, spend seven hours and thirty-eight minutes of entertainment each day. By allowing children to spend ceremonious amounts of time watching the same sorts of oversexualized, one-dimensional female character, we deprive both boys and girls. It is okay to have female characters who have lower class jobs, or are sexually aware, it should be important for the storyline to have her in this role. Not because the male character has to have the dominant position of power. If society is going to continue to be so dependent on entertainment. We need more like …show more content…
By actively following our favorite female blogs and YouTube channels, we can assure more women will continue to create and inspire. In the past few years, many YouTubers and bloggers have been able to take their work and expand their careers into other media. Grace Helbig is one of the biggest success stories. Her channel, ItsGrace, has garnered over two million subscribers. This was a stepping stone to allow her to do a variety of different media. She, along with fellow YouTubers Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart, have released a movie; she has recently released a self help book, a podcast, and is in talk with her own television show. Websites like YouTube has allowed women like Grace Helbig, and a variety of other insightful women to share their lives. Female blog writers, such as Allie Brosh, is another example of success on the web. Brosh runs the hilarious blog Hyperbole and a Half, in which she writes about a wide variety of topics from her childhood to dealing with depression. In 2012 Touchstone published her book: “Hyperbole and a Half: a Guide through Flawed Mechanisms”. The internet has also allowed creators to make scripted shows, much like we see on television. Such as the Emmy winning web series, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. While the Netflix original series“Orange is the New Black”, has been subjected to much

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