Issues Created by Using Stereotypes in Media

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10 Things I Hate About You is a modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The Strattford sisters, Kat and Bianca have the same last name and both go to Padua High, but that’s where the similarities end. Bianca is preppy, pretty, popular, and well-liked. Kat shuns the in-crowd and does whatever she can to make people mad. Their father is very strict and has a house rule that neither girl can date until after she graduates. After much pleading by Bianca, he amends that rule -- Bianca can date, when Kat dates. The characters in the film are based on common stereotypes. These stereotypes can create particular issues in society.

Bianca is based on the ‘popular girl’. She is pretty and receives a lot of attention from the males within her school. For example, the new boy Cameron and the school jock, Joey, both endeavour to capture Bianca’s attention and date her. This event may promote the idea that to be popular at school you need to be pretty and have boys who are fighting to get your attention. This could lead girls to do things they are not ready for to get that attention.

Another issue is that young girls may think to be individual they have to remove themselves from all social events in school and this could prevent them from developing important socialisation skills. This is shown in the film when Kat, the creative individual who does what she wants, tears down the school prom poster in an act of obvious disapproval and defiance. This act implies that if you are an individual then you shouldn’t conform to expectations such as attending the prom. It is important to attend school social events as this is where we continue to build friendships that help us live healthy lifestyles.

Patrick’s character is based on the tough guy character, who has a heart of gold. In the film Patrick smokes and takes weapons to school to intimidate people. However...
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