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Men and Masculinity Essay

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on February 21, 2013
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 4,380 words

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Katie Beers
Women and girls have been seen as objects in the media since the 1950s, fulfilling specific roles and portrayals in our society as both domestic and the sexual object.   These roles have been to create white normativity and to reinforce this.   In the 21st century there are now an obscene amont of images that reinforce what a woman should look like and how to make yourself become like this.   However as our culture is more diverse than ever before in terms of race, more representations of what it means to be an “American girl” have developed and become extremely profitable.   However, since many of these ethnicities represented are of “light ethnicity” they work to reinforce whiteness as only those who are considered “light” are able to move up to fit into mainstream culture.   Therefore, although media and its portrayals and stubborn ability to change its representation of woman in our culture, there has been some resistance and hopeful change as woman seek to make their own identities through youtube and other social media sites.   These “creative” and alternative images however may also work to reinforce this already existing model of what it means to be a woman in our society and reinforce who has access to creating “individual identities.”  
In past decades, young girls and women have long been underrepresented in the media as the television and other media agents have directed their engeries toward the more “lucrative male audience” (256. 20?s).   In the 40s and 50s, the media had “masculinized the teenager” (Haines et al, p.116).   However, the images of women that were shown in the media during this time were images used to maintain white heternormitivity in our culture. In the 50s these images created the ideology of females as fitting domestic or sexual roles. The sexual desirability aspect of displaying women was protrayed in the 1950s when Annette Fuicello who stared in the “Mickey Mouse Club” as it was her “budding sexuality” made her famous....

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