How To Get Away With Murder: Social Stereotypes

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During each of the advertisements, men and women held different statuses, portrayed by their role in a particular social setting. In the television show, “How to Get Away with Murder”, all four advertisements reinforced the socially constructed gender role. For instance, the television advertisement for Pampers took place in a hospital room, where a woman was holding a baby. The young Caucasian woman in the hospital gown, holding the baby, held the status of mother. The role of the mother was to comfort her newborn child. Also, there was another middle aged Caucasian woman present, who held the status of nurse. This is based on her role of talking to the mother, and her appearance where she is wearing blue hospital scrubs. While the mother …show more content…
The social setting of the Disney amusement park is important to their roles because the mother is expected to be domestic and care after the daughter, while the father uses his strength to bring the luggage to the hotel with his son. Therefore, the advertisement is targeting the woman who watch “How to Get Away with Murder” because it is showing the idea that domestic mothers should bring their family to Disney amusement parks for vacation. Lastly, the fourth advertisement was for Verizon wireless, where two women and two men sat at a train booth, amazed at the capabilities of the Google phone and its high speed provider, Verizon Wireless. Each woman was seated with a man, and were dressed in button up shirts with jeans. The status that each of these women held was as an African American and Caucasian woman in her mid-twenties. Their roles were portrayed by the fact that they were expressing fascination of the Google phone’s capabilities, and the accessories that come with it. The status of the two men seated next to the women were as mid-twenties Caucasian men. Their roles were portrayed as helpful in showing the woman the phone and one appeared knowledgeable about the …show more content…
For example, one of the advertisements was for Tostitos, where there were two men at home watching a football game. The status that the men hold is that they are mid-thirties Caucasian men that are fans of football, where their role is portrayed through their aggressive shouting at the players on the television screen, and football jersey attire. There are no women in this advertisement, but the men have rings on their fingers. The social setting makes a difference for this advertisement because the men are expressing their gender roles of being dominant and rough while watching the game at their home; whereas, they may have not been able to express those emotions or physical behavior elsewhere. The college football game that this advertisement was shown in does matter because it is trying to depict the behavior of its audience, in order to appeal to them to buy the product. Similarly, another advertisement was for Geico motorcycle insurance, which featured several motorcyclists riding along a mountainside going to a bar. The two motorcyclists were female, where one is riding the motorcycle and the other is on the back of a motorcycle driven by a man. The status of both women is as an average Caucasian motorcyclist, where their role is depicted as expressionless while

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