Manifestation of Latin-American Gender Roles in American Media

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Manifestation of Latin Gender Roles in American Media Objective The objective of this study is to examine the manifestation of Latin gender roles in American Media. Towards this end, this study will examine the literature in this area of inquiry. Introduction Gender roles are reported to be generally defined "as sex-based categories that specify appropriate rules of conduct for males and females in a particular culture or society. Although grounded in biological differences between males and females, gender roles are social constructs. Simply put, based on the anatomical difference between men and women, each is prescribed varying and often stereotypical social roles that are reinforced at the individual level and by larger society." (Women's Health Encyclopedia, 2012) The work of Wood (1994) states that among the various influences on how society views men and women "media are the most pervasive and one of the most powerful." (p.31) Wood additionally states "Woven throughout our daily lives, media insinuate their messages into our consciousness at every turn. All forms of media communicate images of the sexes, many of which perpetuate unrealistic, stereotypical, and limiting perceptions." (1994, p.31) I. Gender Stereotypes In Television The television show 'Modern Family' is such that places its emphasis on "female gender stereotypes to further promote a male-dominant family ideology." (Lehmann, 2011, p.2) Lehmann reports that the tendency of the mass media "to
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