Sexism In Media

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The media act as a vehicle to promote countless messages and ideologies everyday, but in a media world where patriarchal values still reign high, there is a major issue of sexism at hand. Women are under represented in virtually all aspects of media, news media specifically. In a 2015 report on the status of women in the media, it is stated that “in evening broadcast news, women are on-camera 32 percent of the time; in print news, women report 37 percent of the stories; on the Internet, women write 42 percent of the news; and on the wires, women garner only 38 percent of the bylines” (“Report on the Status of Women in U.S. Media 2015”). This under representation in news media is not only a problem of outright sexism but also one of ‘un-objectivity’, …show more content…
As well, even in more minor cases where women are fulfilling smaller roles in news media, Baitinger states (as an example) that “with male guests vastly outnumbering female guests on Sunday morning broadcasts, women lose out in shaping the national discourse, and… viewers miss important points of view” (579). Without the offering of multiple perspectives, consumers of news are only receiving information from sources that are strictly male influenced. This is ultimately a problem of sexism because women and their views are not represented on an equal level with men, producing news that is biased and …show more content…
Women among other minority groups are victim to this inequality of news reporting and news coverage, but as each year passes, the scale of equality slowly balances itself. While it is true that men currently hold a large part of the power that controls the field of journalism, people are beginning to have a “greater awareness of the inequities women face around the world thanks to the work of both men and, increasingly, women reporters” (Asquith). It is absolutely necessary to have both men and women equally participating in the production and distribution of news media because everyone is better off consuming information that is free of prejudice and

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