How Gender Portrayals Changed and Remained in the Same in the 1950s

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How Gender Portrayals Changed and Remained in Place in the 1950s Gender Portrayals. The 1950s. Change. You might wonder what these words mean, today, here, you will learn about gender portrayals in the 1950s. Gender portrayals are how a gender, such as the only two, Male and Female, are portrayed in media and social life. Now, in the 1950s bread was .14 cents, bomb shelter plans were sold, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president and people were afraid of communists invading america and making us into communists (American Cultural History). New technologies were arising, like computers and color television, and with this new technology; the advertising industry was born, and with them, new kinds of gender portrayals.Gender portrayals both…show more content…
Gender portrayals can also be found in books from the 1950s, take the Catcher in the Rye for instance. The Catcher in the Rye is a book that follows a boy named Holden throughout his journeys in New York. The writer of the book, J. D. Salinger, fit several different gender portrayals into the Catcher in the Rye. The first of these gender portrayals being the three girls that Holden met in the bar. These three girls were depicted as being obsessed with seeing famous people in the bar and were kind of air-headed as well. Them being depicted this way enforced the gender portrayal that young girls are all that way, and that is not good at all. A second gender portrayal that is included in the Catcher in the Rye is the character Maurice. Maurice is the typical strong man pimp, he doesn't think that much and is built like an ox, and gets his way by force. The portrayal of Maurice being this way enforces the idea that most men are the skin headed super jock that Maurice is. Third, and finally, there are the little boys that Holden encounters in the museum. These two children are quite stupid to say the least, Holden easily tricks them into believing that the egyptians were buried with a specially coated cloth that kept their decomposing flesh as new as when
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