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The media hurts women and prevent society from accepting women as
valuable, contributing, equal members of society. It’s not just from
photoshopped ads to show ideal (and unattainable) looks and sizes; it’s
everywhere. Below are 25 examples in music, movies, television, novels,
and comic books.
1. “Blurred Lines” exists and actually became a chart topper, a
song supporting rape and the blurred lines of consensual and nonconsensual sex.Singer Charlotte Church discussed pornographic sexuality and the exploitation of women in her speech at BBC 6 Music’s annual John Peel Lecture.I
believe in free speech, but smartly, schools all across the world have banned
it.There’s no point in supporting a
song that promotes the idea of rape.The
video is even worse, depicting topless women with nude-colored thongs traipsing
around in front of the camera with ridiculous props like they don’t know they
look like complete idiots, while Pharrell, T.I., and Robin Thicke look on with
lustful eyes and all their clothes on.
2. When writers don’t know what to do with a female character
in television to make her interesting or relatable, the go-to storylines are
breast cancer, rape, or pregnancy.There
are plenty of other things that happen to women and plenty of other things that
women do.There are plenty of other cancers to happen
to women, too.Where are the men who get
cancer?Where are the men who are raped?
4. People still don’t watch Parks and Recreation.Why?It’s combination of goofiness, dry humor, politics, emotional journeys,
and blatant feminism is likely a losing combination, especially for many males.What feminist doesn’t love Leslie Knope?
5. “Hot” women are married to fat, bald, ugly, or old men.Rarely is it the opposite.When the women are older, they’re notoriously
cougars.Do the older men have
nicknames?Look to couples like: Doug
and Carrie Heffernan (King of Queens), Al and Peg Bundy (Married with
Children), Carl and Laura Winslow (Family Matters), Philip and Vivian Banks
(The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Jay Pritchett and Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
(Modern Family), Bill and Judy Miller (Still Standing), Billie and Zack
(Accidentally on Purpose), Jim and Cheryl (According to Jim), and so many
others that tell us fat, bald, old, and/or ugly men can get an unattainable
girl.While a nice concept in theory, it
should work the other way around, too, right?
6. Even though X-Men is notorious for its strong female characters, when an X-Men team is comprised of all females, a backlash begins from misogynist/ignorant comic fans, wondering why there isn’t an
all-male team. Because that’s definitely never been done before, never. This leads me
to the next number, unfortunately, which also includes the writer of
the newest incarnation of the X-Men series Brian Wood
18. The media focuses more on how women look on the red carpet
and not their body of work.Cate
Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence are tired of it.
19. When she won in 2010 for Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow was
only the fourth woman to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best
Director.She also was the first woman
to have won Best Motion Picture of the Year.Not to mention, she was the first woman to receive a BAFTA and DGA for
Best Director in 2010.