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Title Length Color Rating   The Objectification and Dehumanization of Women in Advertisement

- Everyday we expose ourselves to thousands of advertisements in a wide variety of environments where ever we go; yet, we fail to realize the influence of the implications being sold to us on these advertisements, particularly about women. Advertisements don’t just sell products; they sell this notion that women are less of humans and more of objects, particularly in the sexual sense. It is important to understand that the advertising worlds’ constant sexual objectification of women has led to a change in sexual pathology in our society, by creating a culture that strives to be the unobtainable image of beauty we see on the cover of magazines....   [tags: sexual objectification, advertising]


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[preview] A Cause for Concern: Objectification in Culture and Society

- Imagine this: what if every woman depicted through the media was to swap scenarios with men. Instead of a scantily clad female gyrating in every background music video, there was a male in her place, doing as she was. The ratings on that video would undoubtedly hit the floor, with comments like, “tasteless,” and “inappropriate”. If we saw this happen in, for example, countless car and alcohol advertisements that use shots of women’s breasts, midriffs, and butt to promote their product, and turn use similar shots of men, some of us might start feeling a little awkward....   [tags: sexual objectification of women, music, video]

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[preview] Using the Sexual Objectification Theory to Analyse Advertisements in the United States

- The Sexual Objectification of Women in Advertisements in the United States Introduction When was the last time a black head was seen in an ad intentionally. What about too much white skin, freckles, wrinkles, piercings, or fat roles. It can be guaranteed advertisers are not showing these things unless they have a purpose. Likewise, smooth, flawless, tanned skin with perfect bone structure, attire, sparling eyes, and more than enough sparkle and shine is the incapable goal of thousands of women in America....   [tags: Objectification of Women, Sexism]


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[preview] The Objectification of Humans

- Imagine this: what if every woman depicted through the media was to swap scenarios with men. Instead of a scantily clad female gyrating in every background music video, there was a male in her place, doing as she was. The ratings on that video would undoubtedly hit the floor, with comments like, “tasteless,” and “inappropriate”. If we saw this happen in, for example, countless car and alcohol advertisements that use shots of women’s breasts, midriffs, and butt to promote their product, and turn use similar shots of men, some of us might start feeling a little awkward....   [tags: media, women, physical appearance]


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[preview] The Objectification of Women

- Since the beginning of time, women have always been seen as things purely for the pleasure and benefit of men. Women have always been objectified. Objectification is seeing and treating a person as if they did not have thoughts and feelings, as if they had the status of an object.{1} Only in recent years have they begun to be seen as individuals of equal intelligence and ability. You may think, ”Women have had equal rights for a while. I do not see how this is a problem.” It may not seem like women were given their rights recently, but in our history, women have been treated objectively for thousands of years, even dating back to biblical times....   [tags: gender roles, pay, media, sexism]


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[preview] Objectification of Women

- On average we are exposed to around 3000 advertisements per day. The majority of these portray women in a sexualised way or being dominated my male figures. It may seem harmless to most people but in reality the media is used as a platform for the constant objectification and degradation of women, sending negative messages about how women should be treated. The phrase “sexual objectification” has been around since the 1970’s and has always been highlighted as a big problem yet nothing has been done to try and stop it....   [tags: advertisements, society, body image]


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[preview] The Permissive Objectification of Women

- The Permissive Objectification of Women The poems “On Sharing a Husband” and “Things Cheaply Had” illustrate the struggle of women to survive in a male dominated culture. Both poems express a straightforward idea of the objectification of women in two distinct cultures. A close investigation of imagery and diction in both poems reveal the permissive nature of the objectification of women. In accordance, both poems do not hide the idea of being objectified, but conceals the idea of a need to permissively objectified....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]


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[preview] The Objectification of Women in Advertisements

- The objectification of women is a huge issue in society and is often led by advertising. However many men still believe that the adverts depicting women in a sexual and often passive posture are not very offensive but rather very funny or sexy. However how would they feel if it were their daughter or sister being advertised throughout the world as a sex object. The Tiger Beer advertisement shown in the appendix is a clear example of the objectification of women in advertising. The Tiger Beer advert was made to appeal to men from the age of 20 to 60....   [tags: Advertisements, feminism, ]

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[preview] Sexual Objectification in My Life

- The unrealistic representation of women in media has had a huge effect on how I see myself. All those super skinny models splashed on the cover of magazines told me at 12 what a beautiful young women was supposed to look like. The message wasn't lost on my friends and peers either. I was called “fat” and “piggy” by girls my age so many times growing up, and I never weighed more than 130 lbs at 5'5'. Compared to those photo-shopped models, a healthy and athletic body looks obese. I hated my body and how I looked....   [tags: eating disorders, sociolgical analysis]

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[preview] The Issue of Self-Objectification

- Millions of people around the world dread getting out of bed and leaving their homes; this is sometimes due to self-objectification which is initially brought on by the media. Self-objectification is when a person views themselves more as an object, valuing the looks over the uses, rather than as a well-rounded individual (Mikulak). Characteristics of self-objectification are also characteristics of mental illnesses such as body dysmorphic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, and many more....   [tags: Media, Sexualization, Appearances]


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[preview] A MidSummer Night's Objectification

- In today’s society, women have almost achieved equality. However, there was a time when women weren’t really viewed as women, but instead as objects. Around the time of many of Shakespeare’s plays, Queen Elizabeth was ruling England, which was a large step towards the de-objectification of women. While many people attempted to keep women under the heels of men, some people started working towards a change. Shakespeare uses his play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to comment on the objectification of women and feminism. In “The Traffic in Women: Notes on the “Political Economy” of Sex” Gayle Rubin discusses a woman’s role in a capitalist society....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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[preview] Objectification Theory

- Women are bombarded by images of a thin-ideal body form that is extremely hard, if not impossible, to emulate. Comparing themselves to these women can lead to feelings of inadequacy, depression, and an overall low self-esteem. (Expand on, need a good opening paragraph to grab the reader’s attention) Objectification Theory Objectification theory has been proposed as a standard for understanding the effects of living in a culture that sexually objectifies women (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997). Objectification occurs when a person’s body is treated like a separate entity and is evaluated on its own merit, without consideration for the rest of the person....   [tags: Psychology, Body Shame]

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[preview] The Exploitation and Objectification of Women in Rap

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[preview] Objectification of Women by the Media

- Objectification of Women by the Media        The objectification of women is commonly used to refer to the presentation of women in the media as an object. Women's bodies are routinely used as objects to sell various products. In certain pictures women are presented as being vulnerable and easily overpowered especially in ads were they have on revealing clothing and take on submissive roles. These images are found in music videos as well, where the focus is only a particular body part. Lyrics to some songs promote this objectification as well....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]


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[preview] Pornography: A Prominent and Detrimental Form of Sexual Objectification

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[preview] Sociology: Sexual Objectification of Women in Music Videos Today

- The Research Problem This study works to examine the use of sexual objectification of women in music videos today. The primary purpose was to examine the differences between genres, specifically hip-hop and country. I tested the following; Women are more likely to be sexualized in hip-hop music videos than in country music videos. Literature Review Since the explosion of music videos in 1981, a large portion of their popularity has been due to the objectification of women and their sexuality....   [tags: Explicit Desired Content, Exploitation]


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[preview] Rap Music and the Sexualization of Women

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[preview] The Effect of Hip-Hop on Female AAE Speakers

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[preview] Gender Representations in Music Videos:

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- The Handmaid's Tale presents an extreme example of sexism and misogyny by featuring the complete objectification of women in the society of Gilead. Yet by also highlighting the mistreatment of women in the cultures that precede and follow the Gileadean era, Margaret Atwood is suggesting that sexism and misogyny are deeply embedded in any society and that serious and deliberate attention must be given to these forms of discrimination in order to eliminate them. One of the more obvious examples of sexism that Atwood presents can be seen in her presentation of pre-Gilead society....   [tags: Misogyny, Sexism]


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[preview] Hedda Gabler’s Freedom and Repression as Understood through the Analysis of a Key Passage

- This passage from the denouement Henrik Ibsen’s play, Hedda Gabler, before Hedda’s suicide, is an illustration of the vulnerability and defeat of the impetuous and manipulative titular character. Ibsen develops Hedda’s character by uncovering details about the conflicts between Hedda and the other characters, Judge Brack, Mrs Elvsted, and George Tesman which highlight Hedda’s transformation from an individualistic to despairing individual, conveying the theme of freedom and repression in society....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Character Symbolism]


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[preview] “Development of Narcissism is Cause of Destruction”: Scorsese movie “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

- Narcissism is a psychological disorder of high profile individuals. “Is it true or myth?” is always controversial in masses. Many high profile individuals are classified as a narcissistic in media from time to time. The movie “The Wolf Of Wall Street” demonstrate how a rapid success leads to the narcissistic behavior and downfall of a wall street giant due to his narcissistic behavior. Generally, true life movies demonstrate the rise and heroism of an individual where as director Martin Scorsese in his movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” tells the story of a New York stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, development of narcissism and downfall of his giant business empire due to narcissism....   [tags: stockbroker, moral, violence]


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[preview] Analyzing Made in Bangkok by Anthony Minghell

- In Made in Bangkok, Anthony Minghella presents an accurate depiction of the sexualized gender notions that are the foundation and base for the society of Thailand. In this play, Minghella produces an accurate window into the cultural norms that have not only propelled the commercial sex industry, but have also indirectly created an environment in which the objectification and exploitation of human beings can occur. The continual reference to the commercial sex industry displays not only the normalness of the trade, but also the vital role the industry plays in enhancing and improving the economy of the country....   [tags: Thailand, exploitation, commercial sex industry]

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[preview] Simmel and Benjamin’s recipe for Sociology

- Apparently modernity isn’t all that bad – not all doom and gloom as some would have you believe. Simmel and Benjamin think so anyway. Their approach to sociology is a little different to others. Sure, there are still some Marxist and Weberian notions in their recipe, but they throw in some ideas from intoxicated artists, aesthetics, and find significance in the chaos of modern life. This essay will look at these notions, first by examining the formulation of Simmel and Benjamin’s theories and secondly examining how these differ from other approaches....   [tags: Sociology Essays]


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[preview] The Coco Mademoiselle Perfume Commercial

- The ideal post-modern woman is a collage of charm, grace, beauty, strength and independence. This ideal is what Keira Knightley epitomizes in the Coco Mademoiselle perfume commercial. A far cry from the original feminist movement which was entrenched in politics this post-feminism created a realm where woman sought all the riches of the feminist movement but shunned the feminist title (Goldman 1992, 130). Keira is presented as a beautiful independent woman, who is free from the hold of men and sexually liberated....   [tags: Marketing, Post Feminism, Keira]

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[preview] Disney’s Entertainment Empire: Exploiting Innocence

- Disney is loved by millions of people around the world, but when it is exposed beyond the smiles and the music, Disney is far from being magical. When Americans are asked to describe Disney into words, majority would often reply with energetic responses, such as magical, imaginative, creative, and inspirational. Although Disney’s accomplishments dominated the world of fairy tales and fantasies, many people argue that Disney targeted innocent children for all the wrong reasons. Walt Disney developed his business into a multi-billion dollar television network, theme parks, motion pictures, vacation destinations and media corporations that carries his name....   [tags: Disney, racist, sexist, manipulative]

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[preview] The Medias’ Sexualization of Our Daughters and Counteracting that Influence

- Is it any surprise that sex, unwanted pregnancies, venereal diseases, eating disorders, juvenile delinquency, and a plethora of other issues have infected the teen population. Teens are inundated constantly with commercials, television, movies, music videos, music lyrics, and magazines leading them to believe that they need to look and act out in a specific way. Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media have been instrumental in assisting teens in engaging in the role playing that the media has mapped out....   [tags: Advetisement, Teenagers]

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[preview] Media Panics

- A media panic or often referred to as a moral panic, is a term that describes how the media is formulating issues amongst our society. Over time, our culture has shifted and caused for many conclusions regarding media panics and the relationship between youth and the media culture. Based upon previous knowledge and course readings, I have drawn a very disturbing conclusion; this being that no matter what age, children are willing or non willingly now under surveillance to determine what kind of role media is playing in their lives....   [tags: social issues, moral panic]


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[preview] The World as Will as Theology

- The World as Will as Theology "The Absolute is its appearances; it really is." ... Bradley "And look at everyone — it's in them all" ["Und sieh dir andre an: es ist in allen"] ... Rilke It is interesting to view Schopenhauer's teaching of the world as Wille as a theology. In this light Schopenhauer can be considered an 'atheist' only from a narrow perspective.* Schopenhauer's theology, as a Western monist/monotheist view based on Eastern thought, offers an alternative both to atheism and to Western/Middle Eastern monotheism (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)....   [tags: Religion Religious Essays]


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[preview] I, the Worst of All

- "Women were denied knowledge of their history, and thus each woman had to argue as though no woman before her had ever thought or written. Women had to use their energy to reinvent the wheel, over and over again, generation after generation. ... thinking women of each generation had to waste their time, energy and talent on constructing their argument anew. Generation after generation, in the face of recurrent discontinuities, women thought their way around and out from under patriarchal thought." (Lerner qtd in Merrim Modern Women xxiii) Lerner's words hold true for two women involved in the film I, the Worst of All....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]


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[preview] Videos Sending the Wrong Message About Muslims of the World

- ... She believes that the video is actually objectifying these Muslim women by only showing images of the physical female form. She supplies evidence for this by revealing that each of these women contributes to her respective community, yet they are labeled as just “models” in the video credits. Since Muslims are supposed to focus on the person behind the clothes, and avoid objectification, it seems inconsistent with that tenant to show hijabis drawing attention to their bodies and essentially being labeled as “professional hot women who skate in heels…”....   [tags: woman, fashion, islam]

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[preview] The Ugly Truth: An Examination of Stereotypes in Media

- The Ugly Truth, a film which was released in 2009, displays many particular stereotypes and gender issues which we find within American society. Gender is made up of socially constructed ideas which are reinforced by society in regards to what it means to be masculine or feminine. We first learn gender from our parents; however they too had to first learn it from their families and society. Within the American society, the media takes on a large role in creating gender norms. The media is made up of films, magazines, television programs, and news papers....   [tags: Movie, Film]


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[preview] Oppression Of Women‎ Exposed in Writings of Anjana Appachana

- Anjana Appachana is an author who truly interprets and represents Indian middle class women and their lives through her writings. She makes her characters speak about everyday life of Indian culture and society. The theme of her writing mostly concentrates on the existence of women and their quest for identity. Dealing with domestic issues and the societal behaviour towards women she succeeds in bringing out the suffocating oppressed environment to which Indian women are more often exposed to. The households and the characters actually are the microcosmic view of Indian society....   [tags: Anjana Appachana]


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[preview] Jack Clayton’s The Great Gatsby and Second Wave Feminism

- Jack Clayton’s The Great Gatsby was produced during a decade of progressive movements such as Second-wave Feminism, and in particular, the Sexual Revolution. Second Wave Feminism demonstrated the fight of females of all classes and races to gain reproductive rights and equality in the workplace, which signaled an ideological background for gender struggles. In the Sexual Revolution, women searched for their role in society through exploring their bodies and challenging sexual normativity in an effort to rid forms of sexism....   [tags: The Great Gatsby Essays]


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[preview] Gangster Rap - The Negative Impact on Identity

- Jean Kilbourne, a media specialist, raises an interesting point in one of her lectures when she states, “The average American is exposed to 3000 advertisements per day. Yet, everyone in America still feels personally exempt from the media. They say, “I don’t pay attention to ads. I just tune them out. They have no effect on me.”” She later states most of the people who have said this to her were wearing Gap™ tee-shirts. Whether people realize it or not, there is a direct correlation between the media and an individual’s identity....   [tags: media, rap, hip hop,]


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[preview] Subjugaiton of women in death of a salesman

- Arthur Miller said about women, “I like the company of women. Life is boring without them” (guardian.co.uk). The company that Miller believes women provide becomes an important aspect in the decisions he makes in his adulthood. During his adulthood, decided to engage in short-lived relationships and marry three different women. Quickly after college, Miller married his college girlfriend, Mary Grace Slattery, and started a family with her. Soon afterwards, Miller met and immediately connected with iconic Marilyn Monroe....   [tags: Theatre]

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[preview] Comparative Commentary: Dualism of Fire as a Symbol

- Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate is the fantastic and romantic depiction of a young Mexican girl named Tita who, in accordance with Mexican tradition, cannot marry because she is the youngest girl in the family. The depravity her situation is only compounded by Mama Elena, her castrating mother, who does everything to make Tita’s life miserable. Tita’s only escape from her monotonous and demanding life comes when a fiery Pedro Musquez asks for her hand in marriage. Tita is crestfallen when she discovers that her own mother selfishly denies her Pedro, but this does not stop the fiery passion Tita and Pedro share....   [tags: Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate]


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[preview] Coleridge´s A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment

- Kubla Khan’s description of his stately pleasure-dome contains many picturesque elements which appear to be incorporating all the perfect components of nature as a whole. The contrasting images of the described landscape portray and further accentuate the awe-striking male figure against the mysterious and sensual oriental women. The characteristic mystery of these oriental women remains uncovered as Coleridge objectifies them with his stereotype, and identifies them as part of the mystical and enchanting Utopia he imagines....   [tags: female figure, male figure, power of imagination]

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[preview] Effects of Sorority Affiliation on Female Body Image

- Negative implications surrounding the acceptance of body image have introduced an array of challenges and risks to the well being of female students within higher education. Grounded in the process of cognitive development, the pressure to alter oneself to fit the expectations of society’s image of beauty initiates a dissonance between self-acceptance and personal sense-of-belonging (Kopp & Zimmer-Gembeck, 2011, p. 222). This disconnect can be suggested through influences such as autonomous persuasion captured among exterior interpretation, as well as, the prolonged ambition to assume a role within peer affiliation (Tylka & Subich, 2004, p....   [tags: Women's Body Image]


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[preview] Close Reading of Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling

- ... Furthermore, the frequent use of asides further highlights misunderstandings as the dialogue actually exchanged between Beatrice and DeFlores is much courtlier than of that spoken as soliloquies. These asides divide the lines so that the audience stays knowledgeable of their real intents, revealing a split between desire and formalities whilst simultaneously keeping each other unenlightened. DeFlores’ sexual yearning is noticeable through the juxtaposing tones between his asides and his direct dialogue to Beatrice, exemplified in the instance where he begins swooning over Beatrice in asides such as declaring Beatrice makes “him run mad with joy!” (2.2.72)....   [tags: impact, rammifications of deceptive language]


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[preview] A Feminist Interpretation of Bram Stoker's Dracula

- In his Literary Theory: The Basics, H. Bertens classifies stereotypes of women in literature into a number of categories; dangerous seductress, self-sacrificing angel, dissatisfied shrew, and defenseless lamb, completely incapable of self-sufficiency, or self-control, and dependent on male intervention. Bertens concludes that the primary objective of these women – or “constructions” – is to serve a “not-so-hidden purpose: the continued cultural and social domination of males”. One such novel that came under feminist scrutiny for these particular reasons was Bram Stoker’s Dracula, although this perlustration didn’t occur until 70 years after Stoker originally penned his masterpiece....   [tags: Women's Role, Allusion]

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[preview] Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

- Fifty Shades of Grey- My Opinion of Feminist Triumph. Fifty Shades of Grey, is one of UK’s best-selling novels, and is written by the famously known author E.L James. E.L James was not a prominent writer until the release of the Fifty Shades trilogy, which, she claimed to have written during her mid-life crisis. This novel has taken female audiences all over the world by storm. It is set mainly in Seattle, and is the first book of the Fifty Shades trilogy (Fifty Shades Darker is the second book, and Fifty Shades Freed is the third book) (Gilman, 2013)....   [tags: Anastasia Steele, Christian Grey]


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[preview] Inequality of Women During 1840 to 1968

- Inequality of women during 1840 to 1968 Many ancient laws and beliefs show that women from all around the world have always been considered inferior to men. However, as time went on, ideas of equality circulated around and women started to demand equality. Many women fought for equality and succeeded in bringing some rights. However, full equality for women has yet to be fulfilled. This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited....   [tags: political rights, political representation]


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[preview] Female Body Image and the Mass Media

- As Samantha Murray sat in the audience, she thought to herself: I suddenly became acutely aware of my own fat bulges and folds. I imagined every eye in the room on me, shaking their heads in pity, revulsion and even morbid curiosity. I pulled my shirt surreptitiously away from the bulges of my belly and my hips, trying to separate the appearance from the reality. I shifted in my chair, and felt my cheeks burn hot and my stomach churn... And yet I was ashamed. I was aware of the disgust my body inspired, its complete unacceptability and invisibility in the sexual domain, apart from as a figure of ridicule....   [tags: eating disorders, perception]


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[preview] Outrage of Student Rape: Cherice Moralez´s Rape

- The year was 2007 and the, at the time, fourteen year old Cherice Moralez was under more pressure than the typical teenage girl. Behind closed doors, one of Moralez’s teachers, forty-eight year old Stacey Rambold, was repetitively raping her. Before her confession, Cherice was battling her reluctance to tell authorities about what was happening, fearful of the judgment she might endure from her peers. It took until October 31 of 2008 for Rambold to be arrested. Though many would think Cherice’s troubles would be over and potential victims would be saved, this case proved to be more than controversial....   [tags: Stacey Dean Rambold, sex offender, assault]

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[preview] Exploring Gender Roles in The Odyssey

- For years upon years women have been looked at from all different lights and perspectives. In the past, for most cultures, most of these views placed women in less important household and societal positions as opposed to men. Women were most commonly seen as wives, mothers, and housekeepers, depending on their social class, whereas men took the head role as husband, father, provider, and protector. Men had and still have, in the majority of cases, all the power in the family. In Homer’s epic poems, The Odyssey as well as The Iliad, gender roles are very much established....   [tags: the lliad, homer, poems]


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[preview] The Unfortunate Prevalence of Cosmetic Surgery

- Cosmetic Surgery Today Flipping through the pages of Vogue's latest edition, 23 year-old Susan seems quite upset. She struggles with the thought of lacking the perfect body and delicate features in order to be considered attractive. Surprisingly, Susan is not alone in this kind of an internal struggle. In contemporary society, every other woman aspires to have the lips of Angelina Jolie and the perfect jaw line of Keira Knightley. Society today looks down upon individuals that do not fit in, whether in terms of body shape or facial attractiveness....   [tags: Self Esteem, Physical Appearance]


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[preview] Brides of Quran and Forced Marriage

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[preview] Gossip Girl and the Post-Feminist Era

- ... As author Angela McRobbie states, popular culture and the role of consumption actually degrade feminism “while simultaneously appearing to be engaging in a well-informed and even well-intended response to feminism,” (McRobbie). Thus in a post-feminist era, consumption equates to empowerment. So what does this mean for Blair, as well as the other female characters in Gossip Girl. These women don’t live in a world actually free of double standards. Instead, they adhere to societal pressures equating femininity with high consumption in order to exist in an acceptable gender role....   [tags: TV show review]

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[preview] New Ideas Addressing Old Rhetoric

- Sexual objectification occurs when a persons is viewed as a sexual object; their sexual attributes and physical attractiveness are disassociated from their personality and existence as an individual. People take no notice of the objectified individuals intellectual faculty, diminishing their function in society to that of an instrument of sexual pleasure of the objectifier. Feminist criticism claims that representations of women in popular culture are dominantly demeaning, humiliating, and detrimental....   [tags: Women Perception, Media]

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[preview] The Influence of Rap/Hip-Hop Music

- It was the first time I had ever been to a party. I had just graduated high school, and did not have nor ever did have any sort of interest in going to a party. One of my fellow classmates had invited me to her party on the night of graduation, and I decided why not. I was told growing up that I would never have contact with most of my classmates after graduation ever again, so I wanted to have one last fun moment with the graduating class of 2013. I arrived at my classmate’s house around nine, and immediately was overwhelmed by the makeshift dance floor in the backyard, the loud, unfamiliar music, and the disco lights....   [tags: rap, music, women, sexual, objects, violence]


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[preview] The Continuing Cycle of Patriarchy

- Before the beginning of the women's rights movements in the late 19th century patriarchy, or a society dominated by males, was the norm in America. Men used sex and marriage to objectify and suppress women in order to maintain a society controlled strictly by males. The foundation of patriarchy was rooted deeply in the marital roles of men and women, one dominant, and the other submissive. Sex and marriage served as a mechanisms to shape the images of men and women in society. The system of patriarchy fed into itself to keep it going generation after generation....   [tags: women's rights movement, slavery]


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WARNING! This video contains sexual imagery and strong language. "One of the disappointing things about 'Tip Drill', and that whole genre of music videos is that they have taken a view of women of color that’s not radically different from the views of 19th century white slave holders." (3:55)

Images of women as sex objects. Derogatory comments about gays. These stereotypes are pervasive throughout American culture and not limited to hip-hop. What do they have to do with masculinity—and each other?

Misogyny and Women of Color
Objectified female bodies are everywhere: in advertising images, on magazine covers, and television and movie screens. Presenting a one-dimensional portrayal of male heterosexuality, using the female body as an advertising vehicle limits the ways in which men and women can interact. As Byron Hurt says in HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, “Some people say that it’s just boys being boys, but I think it has a lot to do with boys figuring out early that girls are there for us to sexually objectify or to be our sexual playthings.”

A black woman with her legs splayed and dollar bills scattered across her crotch

This scene from the Nelly video “Tip Drill” illustrates that according to some hip-hop artists, women can be bought and sold

While media images might be written off as “only pictures” or “fantasy representation,” they remain a very real part of American culture, with real-life implications for viewers and consumers. Writer and actor Sarah Jones explains, “The image of scantily-clad women is supposed to affirm some image of masculinity, the man as a mack.... But in actuality, what they show themselves to be is incredibly insecure. And the idea is, these men are so important and so powerful, and these women conversely are so dime a dozen… that they don't matter, they're just eye candy, they're worthless.”

For women of color, misogyny and (mis)representation is two-fold, playing on stereotypes of both gender and race. Scholar Jelani Cobb blames sexist music videos for taking “a view of women of color that’s not radically different from the views of 19th-century white slaveholders.” Communities of color must also begin to value fighting misogyny and violence against women as a crucial issue and one that is inseparable from racism and other power imbalances. As writer and teacher Michael Dyson says, “If we have a glorified sense of our own victimization as black and brown men, what we must not miss and what we often do is to understand that black and brown women themselves are so victimized, not only by a white patriarchy, but by black male supremacy and by the violence of masculinity that's directed toward them.”

Homophobia and Hip-Hop
Perhaps the greatest insult that one man could give to another in American culture is to degrade his manhood and, as Michael Dyson says, “to assume that he's less than a man and to assign him the very derogatory terms that one usually associates with women.” From California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dissing his opponents as “economic girlie men” to rappers insulting each other as “bitch niggas,” this double-edged insult not only disrespects women, but also supports a stereotypical view of masculinity.

Homophobia is often based on a sense of insecurity about one’s own masculinity—an insecurity heightened by the limited ways in which men and boys can express themselves through traditional notions of masculinity. . Jelani Cobb explains, “It’s calling your manhood into question… it’s calling your sexuality into question … it’s saying that if you are not this you must therefore be gay, you must be a gay, you must be a faggot, you know, you must be a bitch nigga.”

A black man dressed as a woman wearing a brown and gold doorag and applying lipstick

Homoeroticism is prevalent but not often acknowledged in hip-hop culture

Yet homophobia, homoeroticism and hypermasculinity often go hand in hand. In hip-hop, for instance, images of thugged out, hypermasculine men of color—posing shirtless, greased up, muscular—decorate magazine and album covers. While these images might not have been created as explicitly homoerotic, hypermasculinity in hip-hop, sports and fraternity cultures serve to bond men together, often at the expense of women, gays and men who do not meet strict gender-based roles and expectations.

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            The music videos, for the songs, "Father of Mine" by Everclear, and "Family Portrait" by Pink, send messages that reflect the culture of our society. Both of these videos demonstrate how break-ups in families can result in unhappiness and social & mental dysfunctions. The criteria that can be compared between the two are the roles of males. The most obvious differences between the clips are the places and time. Use of colour can be both compared and contrasted.
             The roles of males in the video clips can be compared. In both of the music videos, the father has separated from the mother, leaving the child feeling insecure and unhappy. In the Everclear clip, when the younger Everclear is with his dad he is extremely happy, and also sings about the good memories he had with his dad, but when his father leaves he is unhappy. In the Pink clip, although it does not show the father leaving, the fact that only two girls appear to live in the house suggests that the father has left, leaving both the mum and child unhappy. (It's also in the lyrics!). Both of these examples show our society the stereotypical scenario of the male leaving his family, and also leaving his wife to bring up their children. This message can make the viewers understand what it is like to be in a separated family, which can help them understand our society and the people in it better.
             Another criteria that can be compared are colour and lighting. In both of the clips, dark lights and dull colours are used to portray unhappiness, whereas bright lights and lots of colour are used to portray happiness. In the Everclear clip, many bright colours are used when Everclear is with his dad, when he is older (and finally happy again), when he is with his band, and basically every other time he is happy. In the pink clip, the "Happy Family" on the television, eating "Happy Cereal" is very colourful and bright, however when Pink is older and all alone (and unhappy), the colours aren"t very bright and colourful.

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?' Brian Tracy In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests. Patrick Lencioni It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself. Muhammad Ali

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