Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Women's Image in the Media

Most of the world by now understands that the way women are represented across media does not represent “real” women, but that has not stopped the trend to oversexualize women in the marketplace to sell products.

And although women make up more than 50% of America, they are only “17% of seats in the House of Representatives. They're 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 7% of directors in the top 250 grossing films” according to CNN.

CNN concludes: “We live in a sexualized society where the gap between fantasy and reality is vast and harmful.”

Isn’t this what women have been saying all along?

Perhaps some of the latest documentaries being played across the country will help bring the problem to the surface in a new way and for a new generation.

“Siebel-Newsom's documentary, Miss Representation, is the latest cinematic foray in the movement to challenge portrayals of beauty in "the media," a term used to describe all forms of mass communication, from the internet, TV, film, magazines, radio and advertising...While Miss Representation connects the media's impact to leadership, another documentary examines its influence on perceptions of health and body image. As with beauty, they're not always accurate, says Darryl Roberts, the director behind the America the Beautiful series.”
What do you think it will take to really change the way women are represented in our society?

Do you think the way women are represented in the media will change anytime soon?


  1. Anonymous10:44 PM

    You want to see sexism? Try the shows on Spanish TV, like Univision. The whole network seems to be run by cavemen. But they still find young women that would sell their grannies just to appear on TV and be muy famosa as bikini girls.

  2. Right?! This idea of being seen as hot and beautiful is seen by a lot of young girls as being the goal to strive for.

    Hopefully, the more we see women in different roles as being honored and celebrated, we'll see young girls changing what they strive for...