Welcome to the 2nd. article in our five week series on Women in Hollywood.
In Hollywood Beauty: Part 1 & Part 2 articles, we have discussed how Hollywood defines beauty in both men and women. What the media tells us how we look determines our overall happiness and success in life. Our discussions have included aging, the impact it may or may not have on an actor, and how aging of an actor could influence the average persons own body image.
Today we will look at the influence and impact media has on femininity. Not only are girls and young women affected, but young boys and men also are affected in how they think women should look and behave. Below is a video entitled Miss Representation. It is written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The message of this film is,
“…our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader…”
Click here to watch video.
When it comes to video games, approximately 38% of female characters are dressed provocatively, 23 % baring cleavage or breasts, 31% exposing thighs and midriffs, and 15% exposing their bottom. Women are also used as sexual objects to sell a product along with using vulnerability to portray a possible victim of violence. Included below are very informative and yet disturbing articles that I encourage each of our viewers to read:
In Genesis 2:18 God said, “It is not good that the man (Adam) should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” God then created Eve. It did not say He would make a woman to be a slave, a sex object, a dumb-dumb, or a maid for man. There are gifts given to women that men do not have. One of the greatest gifts given to women is their femininity. It is not found in the name brand clothes one wears, the latest hairstyle, or color of nail polish. Femininity is found in a woman’s spirituality, sensitivity, graciousness, dignity, integrity, radiance, knowledge, inner strength, creativity, intuition, and zeal for life. It is not up to the world to decide who we should be. There are many women in media who display these qualities: Cate Blanchett, Phylicia Rashad, Barbara Stanwyck, Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Kate Winslet, Tina Fey, and J.K. Rowlings, just to name a few. And it is the blessed man who recognizes these qualities and helps to promote them in the women with which he surrounds himself.
Unfortunately the media isn’t going to change its image on women anytime soon. However, each of us can take a stand to be a better example and foster a more positive image of women amongst our youth today. Hopefully LIH will be able to visit the issue of media’s influence on masculinity in the future. This is a topic that is not just limited to women.
If you are interested in seeing the full-length feature of Miss Representation, please visit www.missrepresentation.org for screenings in your area.
Please join us for a discussion Thursday 12/22/2011@7pmE/12UTC