Gender Stereotypes In Today's Society

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How does gender stereotypes in the media affect people in today’s society, especially women?

Gender stereotypes in today’s media effects nearly every aspect of public life, from job interviews and housing to police stops and prison terms. This goes to show how stereotyping in the mass media, which includes advertising, news industries and entertainment, has affected our perception on different genders, as stereotypes generalize individuals within a group, emphasizing sameness and ignoring the individual variety. Gender stereotyping is also portrayed in the media, in which women are placed in disadvantaged situations, for example, passive and submissive roles, while men are depicted to be more successful and concerned with their occupations. It is evident that gender stereotyping in modern media has heavily impacted women in a negative way (Dill and Thill,
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The media show a negative representation of the average female. Women are more often presented in commercials. Men usually advertise for cars, cigarettes, and business products, where as women are shown rather in commercials with cosmetics and domestic products. Studies indicate that the female characters in movies and television, who are overweight, are often the subject of comments or jokes about their bodies, and they’re usually made my male characters. A good review of the gender stereotypes in the media is talking about in the movie, Miss Representation, directed by Jennifer Newsom. The movie talks about all the kinds of gender stereotypes in the media and how it also affects young children. The movie talks about how young girls have to look good to feel accepted by society in a certain way, how men and women are not treated equally, especially in congress, and how a lot of money is being spent on advertisements and cosmetic products just so that women can look good in front of the media. (Miss Representation,

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