Gender Inequality in Hollywood Essay

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Stereotypes in our society are not uncommon. We come across them every day without realizing it. It is in our human nature to create expectations of the people around us, which could be based upon their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or other factors. Stereotypes help us categorize a vast group of people that we may not know anything about, to think that they are smaller and less intimidating. I believe that the blame for these cookie-cutter patterns can lead directly back to the media in every sense of the word. Media is all around us, and affects our opinions and ability to think for ourselves. Whether it’s the latest box office hit or the headlining news, we are getting assumptions from every point of view, which makes it …show more content…
But the bias stereotypes are also expanded to men in the media as well.

A common action movie consists of a physically and mentally equipped male lead who often saves himself and his attractive female supporting lead. The status quo for a man in Hollywood is quite simple; strong and handsome. BBC: Culture wrote an article about the blandness in actors these days. They said that men in the media are always set to play one specific role, and it is hard to break out of that category that Hollywood has cast them as. For example, Daniel Radcliffe will always be Harry Potter in the eyes of it’s fans. Ryan Gosling will always play a bad-boy heartthrob, and is ostracized when he doesn’t. The article says that these categories are pushing young actors into divisions based on their looks, not necessarily their talents. This is also known as type-casting, or when an actor becomes known as only being able to play one role.

Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, known for Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt
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