Gender and the Media Argumentative Essay by CalDR

Gender and the Media
Argues that 'gender stereotyping' in the media actually represents the general view of the population.
# 29866 | 2,129 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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Public media provides a channel for people to communicate among each other. This communication takes on various forms. Advertising is one area where meaning is intentionally created. Newspapers and magazines report both news and opinions. Even music is a means of communicating to a mass audience. All of these forms of communication create meaning and one of the underlying factors present in all is gender. Each of these forms of media create certain ideas about masculinity and femininity. Some authors argue that the end result of this is that men become objectified as masculine and women become objectified as feminine. The emphasis is often especially on the dehumanization and stereotyping of women via their physical body and class status. For example, women are seen as objects of desire, valued for their attractiveness but with little else to offer, while men are seen as superior to women. The paper discusses three authors who consider these meanings and how they are created - Susan Faludi, Joan Morgan, and Jean Kilbourne. Each of these authors look at how gender is created in a certain form of media and each suggest that the media creates an exaggerated and misconfigured view of the role of gender. The paper shows, however, that what these authors fail to recognize is that the media as a whole is communicating a range of ideas on gender roles and that those ideas generated have their basis in society itself. The paper argues that these authors seem to generalize themselves, suggesting that the media is responsible for exaggerated roles of gender. In contrast, by taking a closer look, this paper illustrates that the media only represents the general views of people and that the media does not really offer only one view of gender.

Paper Outline:
1. Media as Communication
2. Argument that Media Creates Ideas on Gender
3. Focus on Gender Ideas about Women
4. Introduce Three Authors with Ideas on Gender Creation in the Media
5. Argument: The Media only Represents the General Views of People and the Media does not really offer only one View of Gender

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