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“media outlets bolstered by consulting with plastic surgeons I have never met who “conclude” what procedures I have “clearly” had. (Notice that this is a “back-handed compliment,” too—I look so good! It simply cannot possibly be real!)”.

Women are picked apart in the media in that they are put under the microscope of the media’s idea of what it means to be beautiful. Public opinion is based off of what the media presents, thus the publics image of what women are to look like go by the medium of television in which women are expected to dress and look a certain way. The article “Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance” is about famous actress ashley judd and how the media as distorted society views her as a well as other women. The media distorts the image of women by comparing them to those seen on film. The author his compared to a film she does in the past named double jeopardy made in 1998, 14 years later in 2012 she is expected to live up to this unrealistic standard of what it means to be a women. The media places unrealistic burdens on women in which even through old age they are expected to look the same as 20 years prior, when they do meet such a criteria they are not praised for their beauty but accused of having surgery done. This can be seen in todays society in which we are constantly seeing pictures that show or inquire whether celebrities have had job done. Though Judd is angry about this it can also be said that once you become an actress or Tv personal you give over your right of privacy to the public you are also expected to accept criticism. Though Judd’s observations on how women are portrayed is correct her assessment of criticism is however wrong in that it is not that women are judging her and siding with man on patriarchy. The fact is when she became an actor she gave away her humanity yes she is human but she is seen as an object to be judged, seeing as she went in a profession known for sharp criticism. One is left to wonder if she is only know realizing this media miss interpretation of women because of the fact she has made enough money.

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“Did i look thin”? “I thought you looked like a normal, health woman.” Normal.Healthy.Woman. This quote symbolizes the twisted views of society in which through putting herself through a deep suffering that is Self hate the protaganist is told that she looks normal. The irony is the pains she suffered trying to battle to maintain a image created by the media was not worth looking normal.

In “de Rossi, Unbearable Lightness” the author uses both examples of
women obsessing about weight to show how twisted societies view on
beauty is and the irony of what is considered healthy, the narrator starves
herself and puts herself under mental stress just to be told by a colleague
that she looks like a normal healthy woman. The article provides the
reader with incite where he and she can fill in the blanks as well as gain
understanding of what it feels like to be an individual suffering from
anorexia. The narrators excruciating attention to detail tells the reader her
obsession with keeping the ideal weight is dangerous and borderline
ridiculous I had eaten my 60 cal. portion of tuna, using chopsticks and
allowing each bite of canned fish to be only the height and width of the
chopsticks themselves. This is one of the many extremes the narrator goes
through in an attempt to keep the ideal image, the reader is left to
sympathize with the narrator as her attempt to maintain the right weight
becomes a vicious cycle in which she deprives herself of food only to have
the natural instinct of the human body to feed itself when hungry ruin her
extreme diet. This is sad but told in a way that is almost comedic as the
protagonist actions make her that of a fein. Rossi’s perception of and
obsession with her weight is as a result of the expectations of society, this
is proven to be unbearable and in a twisted way a deceiving act on the
viewer as the actresses pains are not known. The consumer thus sees a
portrayal of human beauty that is not flawed when in reality, the risk of
maintaining said beauty is not worth the time or effort. The author asserts her views

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“Many scholars argue that even when it appears that women have become more powerful characters on television, hegemonic narrative devices are often used to maintain patriarchal ideology.” The intellect of the female thus although appearing to be praised is downplayed as women have to take positions in the domestic sphere even though they are more qualified than their husbands to be the bred winner of their family.

The article “Beauty and the Patriarchal Beast: Gender Role Portrayals in Sitcoms Featuring Mismatched Couples”brings to light the issue of how women are portrayed in popular sitcoms such as Kings and Queens and According to Jim. The article encourages the reader to not blindly watch television but instead to consciously think about images being fed. The gender focused on mostly are Women and how they are portrayed as witty, smart and are married to dumb fat and immature males. This portrayal in sitcoms manages to mask American views, of women while over the years (7-9 years on air) subconsciously feeding Americans characteristics that undermine the female intellect as well as portray females as being dumb. Dumb in the fact that even though they are smart they are willing to be with someone beneath them because of love.  The episode of “fat city” the first season and second episode of the show finds the male lead, trying to prevent his wife from becoming like her mother who was once skinny but is know fat, she of course finds out about this and starts eating just to spite him. Though she is smart for catching to his plan, she is portrayed as stupid and so exact in getting her way, that she would harm herself and do the one thing “women hate most” getting fat. Hierarchy in according to Jim that places women at the bottom is established by examples shown in the article in which Cheryl from according to Jim is a Harvard grad but decides to be a stay at home mom. Another example shown in the article is Doug the lead from king of the hill he is shown having things to do outside of the home but the wife stays in. By normalizing women to the domestic sphere of home life the viewer is left to view males as dominant in that they are shown as working. Those who are shown as working men when one such as self watch shows i see them as dominant.

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“67 countries in the world have had female presidents or prime ministers. The United States is not one of them. Cuba, China, Iraq and Afghanistan have more women in government than the US does.” In a country that spend billions of dollars on adds and earn billions from selling beauty products, the roles of women are defined, not as leaders but as objects to be manipulated and exploited for a society that places a premium on manliness, beauty and wealth.
“Miss Representation” a film that premiered on the Oprah network, deals with the issues of the media  and how its being such an ingrained part of our lives leads to miss representation of the female. The female is cast as a sexual object whose soul purpose is to attract men, their bodies perfect and even in roles of importance obligated to maintain the ideal of beauty the media has put forth.  what about the female in particular?. The media in essence determines how the boys and girls of today act; girls are taught that looks are important and determine their value and boys learn that this is what they should judge women by. The older women get the more they worry about their bodies for females “at age 13 53% are unhappy with their bodies and by age 17 that number goes to 78%, 65 % of girls have a eating disorder “(miss representation 9:32). Women who view themselves as objects become vulnerable to self-objectification, they are less happy and are mentally unproductive as they do not aspire to climb the success ladder. Television is a huge contributor to how women are viewed, as females are limited to stagnant roles that ultimately revolve around men. In “miss representation” The category of Chick flix, protagonist roles that have women as “Fighting Fuck toy” or the stuck up big business women who can’t get a man because she’s occupied with work, all contribute to the misrepresentation of women and leave the progress of women static. One can say this evaluation of women in films, is in fact true as women are conditioned into thinking, being aggressive and assertive in the corporate world will not get them a man. They are taught that women are not meant to be leaders, as if they are they will be lonely, stressed, volatile and unable to fulfill their natural call, which is child rearing. when watching such films a prevailing theme is women being “broken in” like a wild horse by a prince, she, then realizing that she wants to have kids and live the simple life, leaves her position of power to live with the “hot” average Joe or someone has successful as herself.   Miss Representation attributes one of the main cause of the stereotypes and lack of respect for women to be a result of lack of representation in the media in which their voices are so small, this limits the scope of women as a major way to nurture young women into self respect would be through the television. The film concludes that the way women can change this miss representation is by owning more tv networks and having more female film directors and more women of power. Then women would be able to control what their daughters view as well as show that it is not wrong to lead. Being that a large percentage of television is catered towards a male audience, male owned and carry male ideals of women, yes aquisition of more women networks as well as women influence in films will be quintessential in the fight to rewrite how women are and should be viewed according to women.

“Miss Representation” a film that premiered on the Oprah network deals with the issues of the media  and how its being such an ingrained part of our lives leads to miss representation of the female. The media in essence determines how the boys and girls of today act; girls are taught that looks are important and determine their value boys learn that this is what they should judge women by. The older women get the more they worry about their bodies for females “at age 13 53% are unhappy with their bodies and by age 17 that number goes to 78%, 65 % of girls have a eating disorder “(miss representation 9:32). According to Ariella a student, women go to great lengths to portray a projected image as a result of the pressure of men. The images that females chase after is an illusion made possible by the technological age in which models are edited and made into “perfect women”. Real women are in turn put on a back burner as the ideal images which men seek are model features that are non existent. Women who view themselves as objects become vulnerable to self-objectification, they are less happy and are mentally unproductive as they do not aspire to climb the success ladder. Television is a huge contributor to how women are viewed as females are limited to stagnant roles that ultimately revolve around men. The category of Chick flix, protagonist roles that have women as “Fighting Fuck toy” or the stuck up big business women who can’t get a man because she’s occupied with work, all contribute to the misrepresentation of women and leave the progress of women static. Women are not given enough roles of power that can inspire  young women into not being objects but leaders. The more power women have the more they are downplayed by society and are scrutinized for their looks and compliment for their looks instead of their qualifications. Male are not the only cause of the assault on female progress but women themselves as in the documentary a young lady is running for president of the YMCA, she loses and her contestant a male says females are less likely to vote for her. Miss Representation attributes one of the main cause of the stereotypes and lack of respect for women to be a result of lack of representation in the media in which their voices are so small, this limits the scope of women as a major way to nurture young women into self respect would be through the television.

Who owns most the majority of media? women also contribute to the misrepresentation of women in their hate towards each other

Ashley Judds “puffy” criticizes the media in their portrayal of the female body and the lack of respect that is generally shown to women. The media is so obsessed with projecting women in a sexual manner

 

 

 

out are men also targets of the media.

Reflection

The aforementioned  articles all tackle the question of what it means to be a women in America as depicted by the media. Certain topics in the articles were noticeable while others became apparent only through being mentioned. The article “Walsh, Beauty and the Patriarchal Beast” sets out to inform the reader that what they are watching may influence how they view and determine ways women are expected to act in society. The ultimate goal, to put women in the role of a Catalyst through which they are used to control the class pyramid of society(). The individual is asked to look outside the box, the roles of women though seeming to have power is nothing but a control mechanism to keep the elite in control. This is a strong analysis and really makes one think about the shows they watch, it is even more affective when you are able to read the articles speculations and apply it to shows that are similar and receive the same results, which is women being secondary to men but being smarter than the average joe whom they are married. Though there is evidence that women are being misrepresented, If the roles women possess in these shows are reflections of the real world, then isn’t that power?  This lends the question of if we are over analyzing certain aspects of culture? This would be a no and a yes, as if we are trying to find certain negatives and positives with shows that reflect characteristics of the real world then we will. One is left to think that maybe a cautious mind is necessary as some imagery do not come with words of persuasion but if seen multiple times can influence how we interpret things.  The article of “de Rossi, Unbearable Lightness” uses description to shed light on the anxiety women in the entertainment biz go through in order to keep the ideal image as seen on TV and in magazines. While reading the article i could not help but ask the question of when would the women feel obligated to seek help? as it was clear starving herself was an addiction. Though the way women are treated as second to men is unfair, through this article and the documentary “Miss representation” i have come to interpret women as emotionally weak and vulnerable to societal pressure, such can be seen in the girls that cut themselves and Porschia’s anorexia. This  as lead me to ponder  is men solely responsible for the miss representation of women or do women play a hand in this?  as can be seen in de Rossi and miss representation, women can be vicious towards each other.