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)
19 Times Your Favorite TV Leading Ladies Taught You To Love Your Body
19 Times Your Favorite TV Leading Ladies Taught You To Love Your Body- I added this because these leading ladies in TV are 100% right. I wish all women would take their advice. Especially since in their fields they have tons of pressure to look a certain way. My favorite quote from these women was from Rashida Jones who said “Your looks are constantly depreciating, so why invest any unnecessary worry into them?”
In this clip from Mad TV, it parodies the common occurrence in TV and film of the "White Savior" who attempts to change the lives of minorities, as well as shows the harmful stereotype of black women being angry. (observation)
The underrepresenation of women in TV direction is abysmal, but the numbers are even more alarming for women who are minorities. According to the Director's Guild of America, only 3% of TV episodes were directed by minority women, showing the intersectionality of gender and race and how it affects TV production. (findings)
Women are shown as focusing on their looks and living an expensive (and unrealistic for most working- and middle-class women) lifestyle in a way that men are not. In this clip from Sex and the City, Carrie is trying to figure out which dress to wear and cycles through her expansive and costly designer wardrobe. (observation)
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.