Women in the Media

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Women Are Portrayed Unfairly In Media
Kristen L. Garcia
Houston Community College

It is no secret that women have always been seen differently and often unfairly in comparison to men. Whether it be politics, jobs or at the home front, a woman’s role is often downplayed and what ends up taking over her less than appreciated knowledge over any subject is what she often has to offer in appearance. The media is no exception and has been to blame for how it portrays women and has done so for many years.

Images of female bodies are everywhere. What’s the saying, sex sells? Women and their body parts sell everything from food to cars. Popular film and television actresses are becoming younger, taller, and thinner. Society has become obsessed with what has become acceptable and appropriate and even sexy for a woman to look like. Much of this is to blame on the media no doubt. Not just television, but billboards and magazines have also fed into this desire for the perfect female image. Women’s magazines are full of articles urging that if they can just lose those last twenty pounds, they can have it all-the perfect marriage, loving children, great sex, and a rewarding career. This kind of reverse psychology has often pushed women to go to the extremes to gain that social acceptance and desire for fairy-tale lifestyle.

Why are standards of beauty being imposed on women, the majority of whom are naturally larger and more mature than any model put on display. By representing an ideal difficult to maintain has made the cosmetics, diet, and fashion industry businesses soar with profit. It’s also no accident that youth is increasingly promoted, along with being thin, as an essential criteria of beauty. Age has also been an issue to be dealt with in the media. The stakes are huge. On one hand, women who are insecure about their bodies are more likely to buy beauty products, new clothes, and diet aids. On the other hand,...
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