Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Equal Rights in the Media

Gender bias is a huge deal in our society, and the media is helping reinforce negative stereotypes that affect our society hugely. Women of our generation have made huge progress over equal rights and gained more control over their lives. But we still have a long way to go. Women have overcome many things, from voting rights to work rights. Today there are few women in Congress, the movie business, and broadcasting shows, which is a small improvement. However, women can do better by speaking up and influencing other girls all over the world through the media.

Women like Hillary Clinton and Penny Marshall, who is a famous female director, are great role models for women. It is very rare for women to become great directors. Penny Marshall is one of the most famous directors, and she even directed the movie A League of Their Own, a film about women and the struggle of overcoming sexism to play sports. Another Oscar nominated director, Kathryn Bigelow, has also become very successful in the movie business.

Being an athlete is another struggle for women. It is difficult for female athletes to gain popularity against male athletes. Most sports are subconsciously associated with men. Women do not have the chance to play as many sports as men, such as football, because it is considered a masculine sport. Masculinity has a huge affect on people’s lives. The media gives off the impression that men have the power between both sexes, but it also sends a message to women telling them that being powerful is not the most important thing for a woman.
The media’s negative impression of women have influenced people to But the 2010 Millenium Development Goals Global Action Plan have recognized this and agree that it is important that we promote and protect women’s equal rights. But even though women have made tremendous progress, they still have a long way to go. Women today are still not paid equally for their hard work. There is a seven percent pay gap for women one year out of college.

Women are also objectified and put down by the media. Women are still considered weaker and less educated than men. There are many stereotypes in the media about women from body image to politics to sports. Women in the news are more likely to be noticed for showbiz and gossip rather than their career. Often times women are only displayed in the media for their looks and lifestyles. For example, women like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are some of the most popular women in the media, yet we are only exposed to their personal lives, how they look, and what they are wearing. Even some of the most successful women in the world are objectified and judged by their appearance, not their career. Women all over have a chance to make things right, all you need to do is recognize this situation and stand up for yourself and women all over. This gap in our society is affecting women every day. The portrayal of women in the media will shape your future, and nothing will change unless you take action. Women must speak up, we can do better. We all deserve equal rights. Equal rights are human rights, so stand up for yourself and women all over the world.

4 comments:

  1. Hello, thanks for sharing your opinion on this important topic.I really liked how you gave examples of role models. In your writing, you included information about being an athlete. It seems hard to be a female athlete in the world. Iwas wondering if you knew what percentage of women play professional sports in the u.s. as apposed to men Many of my female friends play sports, so I found your post very interesting.
    -Josh

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    1. Hi Josh, thanks for reading my blog. I am not exactly sure what percentage of athletes are female or male but I have heard recently that there was a 25% decrease in all athletes and a 24.1% decrease for women. Thank you for asking! -Grace

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  2. Hi, thanks for posting this blog. It covers an important topic/issue that not many people notice. I thought you did a good job with the points that you were making. They were clear, concise, and very thoughtful. You did a great job of backing up your words with specific examples and data throughout the post. I thought all of the paragraphs were meaningful, especially the fifth one. I agree with your statements completely and I do think it is an issue that women are becoming noticed because of their looks and lifestyles and not their success and achievements. In the fifth paragraph, you mention: "The portrayal of women in the media will shape your future, and nothing will change unless you take action" I agree with this, but I was wondering, what actions have taken place to try and resolve this issue and what type of actions should women take? I found this post very interesting, good work.
    -Thing5

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    1. Hi Thing5, thank you for reading my blog! To answer your question, women in the past have started groups that supports women's rights, such as the National Organization for Women. But in the future women can speak up more and fight for what they want. Although it isn't just up to women, it's important that everyone speaks up about this and listens to what we have to say instead of just ignoring the situation all together.

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