Bite of Twilight

1489 WordsMay 8, 20136 Pages
The feminist idea was designed to define, establish, and defend equal political, economic, and social rights for women. In the articles Taking a Bite Out of Twilight, written by Carmen D. Siering an assistant professor of English and women’s studies at Bell State University, and Two Ways a Women Can Get Hurt, written by Jean Kilbourne who is an award winning author and educator, the idea of feminism in today’s media is questioned. Seiring writes about a popular book, titled Twilight, and how the main female character of the novel goes against the idea of feminism. Kilbourne, however, writes about how advertising in today’s society is portraying women in a distinctively non-feminist way. Both authors are trying to convey to their readers…show more content…
She then shows an ad in her article that shows three men tearing at a woman’s clothes. One man is pulling her leg, another at her arm and the third man has her lifted off the ground by pulling the waistband of her pants. Kilbourne also believes that ads are increasing the likelihood of rape on women. She writes, “Men are also encouraged to never take no for an answer. Ad after ad implies that girls and women don’t really mean “no” when they say it, that women are only teasing when they resist men’s advances. (Kilbourne pg. 462).” She then follows up her statement with an advertisement of perfume that says to, “Apply generously to your neck so he can smell the scent as you shack your head ‘no’ (Kilbourne pg. 462).” The ad isn’t even trying to mask the message of its true meaning which only enhances Kilbourne’s claim that it is becoming socially acceptable. Kilbourne’s major claim is that the advertising of women has extended to a point where their bodies are represented as objects which leads to normalizing the attitudes that lead to sexual aggression. In both Taking a Bite Out Of Twilight and Two ways a women can get hurt the authors speak about how women are influenced by media; although both articles do discuss it in different aspects. Siering discusses in her article the way that women become influenced by the certain books they read, while in contrast Kilbourne discusses how women are influenced by what they see
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