Media And Gender Stereotypes

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Sheryl Sandberg, an activist, once said “We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work towards a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.” Media is easily accessible to many and is where millions look for role models. Through the media, high standards are set for women, men, and children all more than likely unattainable. Body types are knit picked along the side of what people wear. TV programs will speak about their political views, opinions, and beliefs and at this age, it’s hard to understand what all of it truly means. Most of the time we will just go with what everyone else believes, it’s easier and they won’t cause any conflict. All of this is forced upon us without asking for it, eventually affecting the outlook on certain things and permanently altering emotions towards serious matters. This is something that I would not wish upon anyone, but it is actually happening to everyone. The media is full of perception-altering advertisements and television programs that cause the subconscious to forever be revised to the opinions and beliefs presented. The most commonly discussed problem with media advertisements is the stereotypes that are fed, especially gender stereotypes. Stereotyping is described as a “widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” Print advertisements, television programs/commercials,
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