Thursday, May 7, 2015

Are Women in the Media Judged More on Their Looks Than Their Intelligence?

“Feminism is about the fight for equality between the sexes, with equal respect, equal pay and equal opportunity. At the moment we are still a long way off that.” 

Women in entertainment are treated differently than men. There is stereotypical bias associated with women and it is unfair. Women are judged on their appearance more than their opinions. Even though society has drastically changed to improve equality between genders there is still tons of gender bias in the media. There are gender stereotypes in the media which are affecting the roles women get and how they are portrayed. How are women treated differently than men in the media? What is being done to ends gender bias in the media? Are women in the media treated fairly and respectfully?

The news portrays women differently than men; there are gender stereotypes being used and they focus a lot on the woman's looks instead of the important things she is doing Some of the world’s most powerful women are being judged upon their looks. There are news articles written about Hillary Clinton’s hair when they should be talking about her opinions and what she is doing to better the world (Chantel). Ed Klein, a book author and tabloid writer, was talking about Hillary Clinton and said in a news interview “No makeup! No blowout! And she thinks she’s going to run for president looking like that? Who the hell is going to vote for a woman who doesn’t “try” to look good?”(Chantel). When men are judged to be a president upon their political opinions and women are judged upon their hairstyle there is definitely something wrong. On a video by the Huffington post a woman, talking about Laura Ingraham, a radio talk show host and author, said, “I think that when her numbers went down she should have brought down her neckline.” This is a perfect example of how women are judged more upon their looks instead of their opinions. This misrepresentation leads women not being taken seriously by viewers. There is a lot of focus on appearance of these powerful women when these women have much more important things they are trying to get across.

In the media women are even given worse, less exciting roles than men. In an interview for ELLE magazine, Rebel Wilson said, “You aren’t being paid much and you start at a disadvantage with the script.” She also said, “Usually, you don’t have any cool jokes and you’re there to support the male actor.”(Powell) There should be more movies with strong, powerful protagonist women. Everyone should be paid depending on how well they worked not on their gender. There should be an equal pay between men and women. Unfortunately there are many cases where men are payed more for the exact same job. Sony was hacked which lead to confidential information being leaked, revealing a pay difference between the genders (Copeland). Keira Knightley said in an interview for Violet Magazine “Where are the directors, where are the writers? It’s imbalanced, so given that we are half the cinema-going public, we are half the people who watch drama or watch anything else, where is that?”(Lee) She brings up another point, there are very few women who are directors and writers although women make up at least half of the consumers. The media needs a woman's perspective on things, but that isn’t happening. I think more women would be represented in the films if their were women writing them.

People still believe that women and men are treated the same but actually there is an obvious difference. There is a pay difference which greatly affects women is the media and out of the media. The difference between the way men and women are treated is also obvious on the red carpet when the celebrities are being interviewed. Men are asked questions on their careers or their futures while women are asked questions on what they are wearing. Women are more than what they wear or how they do their hair or makeup. The media needs to respect women and take them seriously. In the government, women are receiving extreme prejudice on how they will work. They are believed to be too emotional which may affect the way a decision is made. They are believed to almost be bipolar caused my mood swings. Women make up 51% of the United States population while they make up only 17% of Congress. The government is poorly misrepresented right now because there are not enough women.

Women in the entertainment are treated differently than men. I feel like I have proven it somewhat true. Women are judged upon their looks way too much which makes them very insecure at a young age. Some of the most powerful women in the world, doing the most amazing things are being asked questions about their hair, when no one is asking Obama about his hair. There needs to be more women directors and writers, this will help the way women are represented in the film industry. Women deserve to be equal to men in every single way. Women should not be prejudiced by their looks but instead appreciated for their knowledge. 



My topic faced the huge topic of sexism in the media. I talked about the differences between men and women that occurred in the media. I also talked about how women are being judged on their looks more than their intelligence and their opinions. I still stand by my original opinion and think that there is definite difference in the way men and women are treated in the media. I've learned a lot about sexism and about how women are still treated badly. Many people believe that gender inequality isn't an issue any more but i've learned that it definitely still is. When looking through my comments I was suggested to look at a website calledThe Everyday Sexism Project. This website has anonymous post written by real women who talk about sexism in their daily lives. While looking through this website I was able to see how sexism affects women not in the media. Many of the posts have to do with sexual situations where the women felt uncomfortable and most women even blamed themselves for the situation. In my blog I also talked a lot about how women are being judged are being judged more on their looks than their intelligence. Another commenter suggested an interesting article. This article talked about how women running for office are judged for their personalities while the male candidates are judged on their opinions. I still feel very strongly about my opinion that sexism in the media is still alive. I want there to me more awareness of this issue so we can have a better chance to end it.


  1. Hello, Ashley! I enjoyed watching the video you posted on how news organizations denigrate women. I discovered an article on the Women's Media Center which expands on this. With the exception of the news anchors on PBS News Hour and NBC Evening news, other news outlets and programs have only a small percentage of news reported by women, either as anchors or presenters of particular news stories. Do you feel it is important for women to be more involved in covering the news in order to show them as professionals in media? Thank you for reminding us of the status of women in the media! --Ms. Riches

  2. Hi Ashley! I really loved your article because I am a girl, and this kind of gender stereotypes stuff really affects me in my daily life. My favorite line that you said was your ending line in your article. Which was "Women should not be prejudiced by their looks but instead appreciated for their knowledge." This really hit me because it is totally true!!! I found an article about a women who was being judgedabout her appearance and I thought it related to your article and you would really like. Thank you so much fro putting in alot of time and effort into this article, I love it! Great job!

    1. Thank you for your comment Gabi! Im happy you were able to relate to the topic and get something out of my essay. I thought your article was very interesting and i agree with every thing it says. Morning talk show hosts shouldn't wear big, beautiful dresses they should be able to wear their pajamas. Again thanks for your comment it is very helpful :)

  3. Hi Ashley! I really loved the video you added into your article and the examples paragraph that really proved to me your argument. I would totally agree that women are being treated differently in media and this source expands on the idea you have put forward, but do you think that there is anyway for high schoolers like us to stand up against this or raise awareness?

    1. Hello Josephine, thank you for your comment. The source you gave me is very interesting and follows my main point saying that women in the media are being judged for unnecessary things. Regarding your question, I think everyone can take a stand. Even by doing something little like not watching a sexist movie or not buying products that advertise in sexist ways is taking a stand. Again thanks for your comment I really appreciate it :)

  4. Hi Ashely! Your article is very similar to mine so I understand a lot about gender stereotypes and sexism. I think you did a very good job of expelling how women are supposed to look good and how many people think men and women are equal, but the pay gap shows differently. Also, being a girl who is impacted by stereotypes helps to understand more. I used . This is a website that lets real women post their experiences with sexism. I found it very helpful while writing my blog. Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Elle. I looked on the website and found it to be very interesting. I think the personal stories are more likely to affect a persons opinion about sexism than a bunch of facts. This website brings to life the realness and seriousness of the problems that sexism is causing. Thanks for the comment and for the website :)
      - Ashley

  5. Hi Ashely!! I like your article a lot because of its significants in todays world. I like how you explained how important this topic actually is because in cases it goes without being heard. But a question I have is how many media companies these days are actually changing how they present? Because with companies like disney, which follow many stereotypes rather than tell the truth, it can become quiet large. Great Job!

    1. Hey Jared! Thanks for your comment! You have a question concerning the changes that the media is doing in order to end this bias and Mei's blog is about exactly that. I hope her blog answers any questions you may have. Again thanks for the comment :)


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