Gender Portrayal

Topics: Italian American, New Jersey, Jersey Shore Pages: 3 (892 words) Published: February 25, 2011
Andrew May
SOC 240

Gender Portrayal Project

Since the creation of the first Television back in 1888, media has begun to portray stereotypes. Media portrayal of stereotypes broadcast a false sense of reality to portray what people want to see in order to boost ratings. There are many T.V shows out there that focus solely on stereotypes and ignorance. A prime example of this would be the “reality” show Jersey Shore. The jersey shore cast focuses on Italian stereotypes as well as gender differences and the double standards of today’s Generation.

The television show Jersey shore was first aired in 2009 and was a big hit amongst 14-25 year olds. The show is set on the coast of New Jersey, and follows the lives of 8 strangers. The premise of the show was to see how many Fights and other shenanigans these 8, self absorbed, “guido’s” could get into. The casting Directors for jersey shore picked these 8 people because they fit the perfect mold of what a guido is. Guido is, a slang term for a lower class or working class urban Italian-American. The guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Originally, it was used as a demeaning term for Italian Americans. More recently, it has come to also encompass Italians who conduct themselves as thugs with an overtly macho attitude.

The show focuses on the views and values of these eight strangers. There is a strange mixture of customs as well as new age views between the roommates. The four male roommates have a credo that they live by and it is called “G.T.L” or Gym, Tanning and Laundry. Everyday like clock work these men wake up, go to the gym for 2 hours, then go and get spray tanned, then they all make a group trip to the Laundromat to do their laundry. Sometimes, to switch things up, they will throw a haircut in. After they Finish their GTL, they start to prepare for clubbing and picking up woman. The Goal of these men are to get as many women as they can to sleep with them. Every night they have a new group of...
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