A study once found out that women who watched the show Friends generally had a negative effect on how satisfied they were with their bodies. Researchers have pointed out that underweight women are over represented on TV and only 5% of the women on theses shows are overweight. Shows like Gossip Girl target young people and this contributes to teenagers having a distorted view of how they are supposed to look.
In G rated films, less than a quarter of women are depicted as working compared to men. Similar to TV and the common depiction of women as matriarchs or the "emotional anchor" of the family, if less than a quarter of women are shown to work it alludes to the stereotype that women are dependent on men while they care for the family. (Findings)
The underrepresentation of women as a whole as characters in TV is alarming. With such few women represented in TV, there is emphasis on the attention paid to males while we continually see women as props or secondary characters. The implications set for children about the subordinate role of women in society due to the low percentage may be damaging. (Critique)
The portrayal of women in reality TV is far from reality. From being shown as angry, objects, and in constant conflict with other women it can create a dangerous sense of normalcy surrounding these behaviors for women, and can create an inaccurate representation of women as a whole. We need to stop broadcasting these stereotypes and need to start showing actual women's reality and issues. (Critique)
Films: Sexualization of Girls & Women and Body Image - SGV-NOW Project This documentary speaks about how the beauty industry and media deliberately promote an unattainable standard of beauty. They do this to make women believe that they need their products to make themselves beautiful This type of advertising is powerful and it can be destructive to a women's self esteem. The photo's in magazines and online are simply faked photo's.
How Americans' Body Image Is Different From The Rest Of The World's
I picked this graphic because it shows the comparison of how women in America feel about their looks versus women of other countries. It seems that women in other countries are more confident in their looks than American women. This may have something to do with our medias obsession with beauty. I also found it interesting that men in America had the same issue as our women. Men in other countries had positive responses about their bodies while American men did not.
Women tend to be used as props in TV and can be portrayed as expendable, as shown in the clip from How I Met Your Mother where Barney uses women as part of a bet in order to show his dominance. (observation)
Women in leadership positions or strong roles tend to be shown as in conflict with men. Some women, like Leslie Knope embrace her womanhood in her leadership position but still faces sexism, sexual comments, and questioning of her validity. Perhaps this is representative about our society as a whole? (observation)