The Stereotypical Portrayal Of Women

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To young college aged women: The stereotypical portrayal of women in media is a problem that needs to be understood and solved. This problem is often overlooked because it is encompassing a lot to deal with. Women are used as sexual objects in the media everywhere, and we need to understand how to deal with the issue. A large source of media that is used are advertisements, which are everywhere in our daily lives. These advertisements can make women feel degraded and objectified. Young women see media of models portraying these “beautiful” standards that are unrealistic and lead to eating disorders and negative implications. Girls grow up seeing media all over and learning the stereotypical roles of women which are considered the norm. No father wants to see his little girl grow up feeling like she has to conform to the roles of women. In the article, “Two Ways a Woman can get Hurt,” Jean Kilbourne states, “sex in advertising is pornographic because it dehumanizes and objectifies people, especially women… (420)” Jean Kilbourne compares advertisements to pornography which makes us realize it’s a large problem going on that needs to be solved. In the media women are also shown as typical house moms who clean, cook and stay home. This is a stereotype of women that has been around for a long time but is not true in all cases. There are some women who are stay-at-home mothers but there are also many who are in the working force. As college aged women, we can feel the pressure
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