Women, Media and Politics Analytical Essay by Nicky

This paper looks at the effects of stereotypical attitudes towards women in politics.
# 146567 | 1,437 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US

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In this article, the writer maintains that while women have felt the impact of stereotypical biases in all walks of life, nowhere is it more obvious than in politics. The writer examines three aspects of the problem for women: (1) possible causes for the existence of gender stereotypes (religious beliefs and the patriarchal system); (2) society's assumption that politics require "masculine" qualities which supposedly women lack, and (3) the historical progress women have made in American politics and what needs to happen next. The writer concludes that when the media is more interested in the female candidate's education and experience that qualify her to do the job, America will start to make headway toward true fairness and equality.

From the Paper:

"Instead of voters examining the real qualifications women may have for political jobs, they instead look at the relative importance of stereotypical masculine and feminine personality traits. While most men and women exhibit characteristics that are both tender and strong, logical and intuitive, just and compassionate, etc., stereotypical views polarize the two sexes as though only men are strong and only women are tender, only men are logical and only women are intuitive, etc. But the differentiation of characteristics is never that clear and, indeed, varies from culture to culture. In the Middle East, for example, it is women that are hard and strong and men that cry--if they don't they are not considered "true" men."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Tannen, Deborah, 30 Ways of Looking at Hillary: How People Perceive Hillary Clinton, New York: Simon & Schuster.

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