Portrayal Of Women In Miss Representation

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Miss Representation (2011) criticizes the media conglomerate's portrayal of women in film and the disproportionate amount of women involved in the industry. Whether we accept it or not, media consumption heavily influences our daily behavior and societal norms. When Hollywood casts women in a monochromatic light, often sexualizing them for sensationalism, it is hard for women to envision themselves in roles other than those portrayed and even harder for men to acknowledge women as complex individuals greater than their film presence. By grouping common media portrayals of women, Miss Representation emphasizes the lack of versatile of roles for women. Although 50.8% of the population is comprised of women, the documentary cites only 16% female protagonists in film that depict one of three generic, superficial, and stereotypical roles: the career driven boss, the sex object, and the hopeless romantic. The career driven boss is typified as solely career oriented. She sacrifices her family, friends, and even sometimes her own happiness for the sake of her job. The entire plot revolves around diminishing her accomplishments in a patriarchal world that only perceives her as bitchy. A prime example of this role would be Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in the Devil Wears Prada. The next role, more dehumanizing than the last, is the sex object characterization that seeks only to use women as body props or eye candy. While these women may appear to be empowered in the beginning

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