Self Image and Feminism Essay

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Self Image and Feminism


Media, in its largest sense, hypothetically is one small page in the large "book of life". However, nineteenth century society has based an entire chapter of their lives on what happens in every medium used for communication. Through the creation of radio and of television in the late 1940's, and the modernization of newspapers and magazines, specifically, American culture has devoted themselves to a mass communications lifestyle in which they base most of their well being upon.
Cynical as this theory may seem, the representation of the young and popular everyday seen on television and in magazines, prevails over a more realistic view of life. "When I open Vogue, for example, I am simultaneously
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A perfect example of the narcissistic behavior Douglas talks about on television today is a nighttime soap opera on Fox Network, Ally McBeal. This show, after gathering my own conclusions from viewing it, represents a sexy, love-crazed, fantasized woman, who cannot develop a normal life because of the absence of a husband/boyfriend.
"Fox TV's Ally McBeal centers on a female attorney who works with her former boyfriend, who is now married to another attorney in the firm. Despite the prestigious job, Ally is emotionally confused and man-hungry."2
This "lost" woman also happens to belong to an auspicious law firm. This is the true irony of television in itself. We have managed to keep the same Donna Reed character by giving her the modernistic feel of a feminist who has a successful career. rs ago.
Just as in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary Richards, the main character, was one of the first in the decade to see some sort of mother on television foregoing. However, the "feminism" was still withheld. "As the show progressed into the mid- and late 1970's, the Mary Richards charaes."
According to Media EthicsWomen, Men and Media project, that reports how women are underrepresented; in twenty front page stories, 15 percent of the sources were women, 35 percent of front-page stories and 26 percent of opinion pieces were written by women. These figures…

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