Gender Bias - Mountains On The Playing Field Essay

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Gender Bias - Mountains On The Playing Field
“97% of everything you know about yourself and about your country comes from the male perspective” (“Miss Representation”).That is according to NBC news anchor Carol Jenkins. This is an indirect example of sexism in our society. Sexism has changed since the 20th century. We’ve gone from women strictly being classified as housewives to women being discriminated against in leadership positions. Much of the discrimination that women face is closely related to issues surrounding body image. What we cannot forget in the year 2014 is who control the ideas that we have about women and leadership: the media. The misrepresentation of women’s power and influence in the media cause many women to have low self-esteem about and can cause them to feel as though they do not deserve a spot at the decision-making tables. Sexism has been around since the beginning of America, in many different forms, but the impacts have increased with the power of the media. One of the ways the media has discriminated against women, is the way they portray women in the workplace.
The media is no doubt the biggest form of communication. So, if the media is making women out as objects and classifying them as helpless, how will employers view women for jobs in these companies? The media uses a technique called media bias, which refers to the practice of using different techniques to flip around stories to suit a specific group (Aliprandini). The media uses…