Essay on The Media 's Influence On Women

1364 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
The shaping of viewpoints on women can be credited to cultural gender roles, which are reflected in sports media reporting. The amount of females working in sports media is staggeringly low compared to their male colleagues. The standpoint that men hold higher positions in society is basic to the socially deep-rooted gender structure, which makes men out to appear to be sensible and intellectual, and accordingly, commonly fit to have charge of society and culture. (Hardin & Shain, 2005). Hardin and Shain (2005) believe that sports has greatly been accused of bolstering male hegemony, which is the so-called “natural” way of thinking that men are more suitable for and entitled to the supremacy in sport and culture. With that being said, women are then made out to be the “biologically” supportive and “domestically" adapted beings, therefore, generally in a position to be controlled of. Male dominance is reflected in sports media. The locker-room mentality, which prospers in many media sports departments, previously allowed for male reporters to intimately interview players in a setting that is informal, allowing the player to be able to feel comfortable and thus be more open and honest rather than in a formal setting (Hardin & Shain, 2006). This made locker-rooms hostile environments for women sports reporters (Eichenberger, 2004). This lead to women feeling segregated and unseen while working in sports media. There is a critical situation in the presence and the depiction of…

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