Francia De Leon
Eng. 24 Sec 24
1 May 2015
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Society is a complex system that is composed of many parts. There are many divisions and differences amongst any large groups of people. James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle’ “From Rosie to Lucy” is a piece written to show the feminine viewpoint regarding the interpretation of the woman’s role in life during and after World War II. Actually the true issue is the media and how we determine its effects on us. During the World Wars, while the men were away fighting for the United States the media put its focus on women to take a stand in the working world. After the war, the media wanted women to go back to their original “home loving” position and the men to reside over their previous jobs. Davidson and Lytle brought forth the idea of whose point of view does the media portray. The real question is does the media reflect society or does it shape society. I believe society creates an image of themselves due to what the media portrays in Television, Magazines and Social media.
For decades television has been the main source of mass media that feeds the American people with lies and illusions. Around the times of WWII, most women were stay at home mom’s, like their mother before them. With many men heading to fight there were many open jobs that needed to be fulfilled. There were floods of commercials aimed at women in the home to feel a need to do their part to support their husbands overseas. A main image was Rosie the Riveter. A simple poster of a working woman flexing her muscles, it molded the new found power of women all across America into service in factories across the country, these women were a vital part of the economic force. Although things changed once the war ended, the poster is still used as a symbol of female power. Many women followed the advertisements they saw during their daily soap operas and joined the force. One has to give credit to the influence of the media because most women had not thought of working outside the home because they were not raised in a home where they saw their mom employed in the secular world. A power that when tried to be removed gave a difficult time. Betty Friedan commented in agreement in “ From Rosie to Lucy” stating “ Magazines, radio, movies, and television had all come to play a predominant role in the modern era. The exposed Americans to powerfully presented messages conveying the standards and ideals of the culture.” (Davidson, Lytle 347). After the war we get television sitcoms like “I Love Lucy”. With television still being very popular now the media wanted to display a different message. They wanted women to return to the home so their returning husbands can get their jobs again. The true influence was the method of making woman feel bad if they did not naturally have the desire to be homemakers. One who truly loved the independence of being in the workforce now has decided to come home because TV portrays women that are not homemakers as causing great danger to their families. Lucy is perfect character to frighten women who still want to try to explore beyond their expected horizons. Lucy was a woman bored with everyday wife duties. She wanted to prove that she could do anything her husband could but miserably failed. At the end of every episode she always appreciated being home and having a much easier job than the men out in the world. Every woman watched this show and did not want to make a fool out of herself as Lucy always did.
On to a more modern note on the Media and its influence on society one can focus on magazines. The most popular of this generation are gossip magazines such as People magazines, Teen magazine, US Weekly, etc. Many are obsessed with celebrity life and aspire to be just like the rich and famous. Many complain that the women of the 1940’s and 50’s were represented in the stereotype that women should follow their role of barefoot and pregnant. In...
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