Essay on Portrayal of Women in the Media

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Portrayal of Women in the Media

Gender is the psychological characteristics and social categories that are created by human culture. Doing gender is the concept that humans express their gender when they interact with one another. Messages about how a male or female is supposed to act come from many different places. Schools, parents, and friends can influence a person. Another major factor that influences millions of impressionable females and males is television. Not only does the television teach each sex how to act, it also shows how one sex should expect the other sex to act. In the current television broadcasting, stereotypical behavior goes from programming for the very small to adult audiences. In this broadcasting range
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When adults are shown on the show the men are seen as rugged construction workers or mailmen, while the women are seen as cooks and mothers. Also, children are shown examples of items that their sex is expected to like. When the children on the television are asked what animals are their favorite, “girls name teddy bears and kitties, boys name big lions, grizzly and polar bears.” This makes the girls seem innocent, only liking things that are cuddly and do not post threats to those around them.
Teletubbies also shows a definitive way the females are supposed to act. This show “maintains sex-role stereotypes such as caretaker and follower for girls.” The show has four main characters called Tubbies. Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po are their names. They differ in size and color. The two larger Tubbies, Tinky Winky and Dipsy are the male characters and dressed in dark, masculine colors. Laa Laa and Po are the smaller Tubbies and dressed in light, feminine colors. The males are always seen as being more active, running around and dancing. The girls sing together and eat. Tinky Winky is also the leader of…