In our country, freedom and equality are guaranteed, yet women are still constantly pushed to the bottom. Women are paid far less than men for the same jobs and I for one do not consider this equality. The media not only affects women’s opinion of themselves but men’s opinions too. Women start believing that they must have that flawless face and thin stomach, and men start believing that beauty is all that matters in a woman. One article written by Lori Kogan, a scientist and professor, talks about a study of women. This study “found that the majority of polled women would rather lose weight than achieve any other goal, despite the fact that only 25% of the polled women were overweight and another 25% were actually underweight.” The fact that women are more interested in getting thin than getting a good job shows just how manipulative the media can be. If women do not believe that they can achieve any position they desire and men feel like women are only a pretty face then the chances of achieving greatness are slipping down to nothing. On the other hand, the media is just showing the public what they want to see. Companies are looking for a way to catch the public eye in order to sell their product and sexualizing women definitely completes that goal. With so many competing companies around the world, your product must have something different that makes a person stop and look at it. In our society, sexual images are often used to get noticed by the public. However, using all of these sexual images affects how the world sees women. Many people think of the US as a free and independent country where men and women are created equal. The graph below shows the percentage of women in a fairly stable and suitable job in countries around the world. As you can see, The US is not anywhere near the top of the list.
|Source: UN Statistical Data|
The media focuses women too much on their appearance and sexual appeal rather than gaining a good position in life. Kogan commented that, "The emphasis placed on physical appearance leaves women with few resources to pursue other forms of power that are more substantial and lasting.” Sexualizing women in advertising gives the public an unrealistic image that women are objects and that beauty is all that matters. In order to help women gain more power and influence throughout the country, we need the media to stop making women look weak and under the rule of men. Women must be able to stand up and make a difference in the world and the first step towards that is by stopping the media from showing demeaning photos of women. The media has enormous effect on our society and sexualizing women changes how influential they can be throughout the world.
Conclusion: updated May 28 2014
With all of this new technology spreading throughout the world, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy. However, that is not any excuse to objectify women in the media. The topic of my blog, how media effects women and their lives, deals with the kind of power the media has over society especially when showing objectified pictures of women. Going into this project, I knew that media could have a huge negative effect on people, but when I really started to conduct my research, I was shocked at what I found. Although some people might say objectification is just an eye catcher for advertisements, they may not realize that it impacts women’s lives immensely. One thing that shocked me the most was that more women would rather lose weight than get a better position in life. As I read through the comments from my readers I learned more about what the public has to say on this issue. Many people, I learned, also have a similar point of view to this matter as I do. Many believe that media does have a huge impact on women and men too for that matter. After completing this blog, reading the comments, replying to the comments, and finally writing this conclusion my opinion on this issue is still where it stood at the beginning of this project. I do still believe that the media is affecting the kinds of jobs and respect that women get. I do believe that objectifying and photo shopping women to look like a flawless robot is wrong and I also believe that unless someone takes action soon things are going to get much worse. Thank you to readers and commenters for all of your opinions.