Hope Springs Stereotypes

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What are some words that come to mind when thinking of the older population? Maybe it is that older people are boring, that they are uptight, lazy, or that they do not participate in sexual activity. The majority of the American population has many strong stereotypes associated with the older population. The movie Hope Springs provides an insight on an empty-nest marriage in later life. The film utilizes the marriage between characters Arnold and Kay, to provide the audience with common stereotypes, ideas, and beliefs associated with older people and their marriage. Specifically, Hope Springs depicts the role of media in stereotyping the older population, overall stereotypes of the aged population, the idea of intimacy and sexuality decline, …show more content…
As previously mentioned, the media is one of the most influential culprits when it comes to forming stereotypes about older people. Within the first thirty minutes of the movie, the audience is able to witness several stereotypes. First off, the wife, Kay, works at the clothing store Coldwater Creek. This store is typically thought to be a store only older women buy clothes from. Every night before bed, the husband, Arnold, watches golf shows on television. Again, golf is typically associated with older men and a leisure activity retired men regularly participate in. When the movie continues to the next day, it is obvious it is showing repetition in Arnold and Kay’s day. Kay wakes up, gets ready, cooks her husband one egg and bacon, and he leaves for work. Repetition in one’s day is can also be associated with aging. Young people may be scared that when they get older, life will be boring and lacking spontaneity. The final stereotype that the movie addresses is the thought that older people are stingy with their money. In several instances, Arnold discusses the fact that a vacation will be too expensive, and he is not interested in spending money on anything that is not …show more content…
It is common for self-esteem to decline with age, according to the American Psychological Association. An article discusses the fact that across age groups, people in satisfying relationships tend to be happier and have a more satisfied self-concept. The study found, however, that decline in self-concept was the same whether or not the participant experienced satisfying relationships (Orth, Robbins, & Trzesniewski, 2010). In Kay’s instance, her relationship was not satisfying and she faced an unsatisfying relationship, causing her self-esteem to be even lower than her satisfied counterparts. Kay’s self-esteem, especially when it came to her sexuality, was made obvious each time the couple attempted to be intimate. She was completely uncomfortable with the situation and when the topic was discussed Kay complained that Arnold kept his eyes shut, and that she believed he no longer found her attractive because she had aged. In the film, Kay also complained “You want it, not me.” By saying this, she was illustrating the fact that her husband did not truly want to be intimate and sexual with her, but simply wanted sex. This certainly caused her self-concept to

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