Miss Representation Summary

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The documentary, Miss Representation, focuses on the stereotypical images of women in the media, and the society that creates them. The title itself shows how women specifically are misrepresented in weight, age, and more within popular media. The media solely represents young, thin, scantily clad women so as to become an object of sexual desire and to keep women from having any other power in society. Women who do not portray these sexualized features and traits are purposefully kept out of the media, and when they are portrayed, they are shunned and treated as degenerates. Models in magazines and billboards are photoshopped to match a ideal of “thin” beauty, which even they could not achieve, and are presented as models of what young girls …show more content…
The inequality that has always existed within the workplace began to be addressed, and women’s liberation throughout all races began to take hold. The largest feats of feminism were displayed in the media and society as women were allowed to compete in sports and other male dominated activities and professions. Then, in the 80’s and 90’s, these liberal ideas were heavily rejected and seen as a negative agenda against the American Dream. Then, by the 1990s, many television conglomerations began to control what was displayed in the media, and focused on conservative perspectives and what extreme displays would garner the most attention, most of which displayed women in sexual, sexist, and derogatory perspectives.
Traditional gender messages are heavily enforced, emphasising that men should be the strong breadwinners who need to prove their manliness, while women must remain non- threatening, delicate, and an object of desire. These messages are pervasive in their enforcement in popular media, with ADs displaying women as objects, in demeaning and often violent positions, while men are portrayed by muscular, successful models who win the affection
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Women in politics are faced with a deep backlash against them taking up political positions, and this backlash is most easily identified in the sexist manner in which women are described and reported whilst in or running for office. The media is harmful in their insistence to sexualize women, such as Sarah Palin, and ignoring all aspects of her political beliefs to reflect instead upon her appearance and sexuality, taking away her power and ability to be seen as an intellectual or an equal to any other men in politics. A reporter herself insisted that all people are talking about are Sarah Palin’s breasts, as opposed to her achievements or beliefs. On the other end of the spectrum, women who are not seen as “sexually desirable”, such as Hillary Clinton, have their own power taken away from them in the insistence of the media to describe her appearance and forwardness as unattractive, and make any strength shown by her appear as out of line or violent. Still, much like Palin, people ignore her policies and what she has to say in favor of what she wears and basing her values on materialistic aspects, such as Clinton’s

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