The Underrepresentation Of Men And Women In The Media

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It’s no secret that there is a considerable distinction between the portrayals of men and women in the media. Cultural norms and themes reinforce the different standards men and women are held to in any spectrum of society and the political sphere is no exception to this rule.

Dr. Julia T. Wood from the department of Communication at University of North Carolina at Chapel wrote about the influence of views of gender claiming, “women are underrepresented [in the media] which falsely implies that men are the cultural standard and women are unimportant or invisible.” Continually she wrote, “men and women are portrayed in stereotypical ways that reflect and sustain socially endorsed views of gender.”

Society has placed requirements of beauty
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3 candidates in particular have been in the spotlight when it comes to the dynamics of men and women in high power positions--Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, and Donald Trump. Each have been in the forefront of national news but under differing judgments derived from their gender and their ability to embody the models of their own gender sphere.

A arbitrary judgment of Hillary Clinton’s ability to lead was plainly made on on April 16, 2015 by Trump when a tweet was shared on his account that read "If Hillary Clinton can 't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?" Realizing the mistake, he quickly deleted his tweet, but not before a screenshot of it was taken and spread all over the internet. There’s speculation on whether it was actually Trump who posted the regrettable tweet on his profile or a Trump staff member. The speculation does not hide the blatantly sexist message of the tweet: a woman’s ability to sexually please her husband is a plausible indicator of her ability to lead an entire

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