The Negative Stereotypes Of Gender Roles In The Media

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Gender Roles Mediation has been portraying negative stereotypes about gender since it was created. People may not always notice that the media of TV shows are influencing them, but they are. No one can escape being influenced by media. This has happened to me. I have watched The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother and loved it; however, I never noticed the many gender stereotypes that it has portrayed. Until I read an article explaining the stereotypical roles assigned. People believe that media plays a large role in creating social norms. Gender roles exist solely because society chooses to accept them. I know society chooses to expect it because not many people fight the stereotypes displayed on TV. Sadly, I watched The Big Bang Theory …show more content…
Sadly, the men’s lives are successful and people admire them. People are not inspired to be Robin Scherbatsky because who is a struggling news anchor. People would much rather be a successful banker, lawyer, or architect. Again, this shows stereotypes of the genders and makes people believe this is how life is. Allison Lantagne hopes that people are not influenced by what the media presents to us. Also I hope that women are uninfluenced. Women should not see these stereotypes and be happy with them. Women should be able believe they can become successful in whatever career they …show more content…
In The Big Bang Theory Penny is portrayed as ditzy. She is young and beautiful but is the typical “dumb blonde.” Rebecca L. Collins states, “when women are portrayed, it is often in a circumscribed and negative manner. Women are often sexualized—typically by showing them in scanty or provocative clothing. Women are also subordinated in various ways, as indicated by their facial expressions, body positions, and other factors” (Par.1). Penny is identical to what Rebecca L. Collins has described. She dresses in revealing clothing, is treated as less intelligent then her scientist friends, and hyper-sexualized. Penny usually wears tight short outfits with her boobs pushed up. Sadly, when watching the show, it is believed that she is a dumb waitress that doesn’t do much in life besides spend time with her friends, work, and date boys. Penny always seems to have a guy with her and they make her appear as almost easy for men. Also, her four scientist friends speak intelligently in front of her, and she usually stares at them blankly or asks them to dumb it down. Truly, this interaction of intelligent words Penny does not understand is funny and enjoyable; however, it is demeaning to

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