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?
Labels: Body Image, CNN, Media