Essays On Culture And Gender

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In this discussion we will look at ways in which media representations of gender have changed in recent decades, and in particular will highlight whether these changes have led to improvements in the way in which women and men are portrayed by the media.

In this discussion we will look at ways in which media representations of gender have changed in recent decades, and in particular will highlight whether these changes have led to improvements in the way in which women and men are portrayed by the media.

Our sex identity, whether we are male or female, is perhaps the most basic aspect of our whole identity.

The first thing people want to know about a new-born baby is whether it’s a girl or a boy.

Today, the traditional view of a woman as a housewife or low-status worker has been exchanged for the successful woman in a position of power such as a business leader (Gauntlett 2002).

Women now see their lives as more meaningful and they are anxious to have their say in the way the world is run.

Much of our understanding of what it means to be male or female comes from the information we are fed from the media.

We live in a media-saturated world and the common representations of gender, while improving enormously over the past few decades, are still prone to stale stereotypes and typical misconceptions (Eldridge et al 1997).Thankfully, things have changed for the better, albeit very slowly, and we have access to alternative ideas from our own lives, and even from the media themselves., but the overall effect is a slow shaping of what we think of as natural and normal.The media has been forced to change to keep up with changing styles and lifestyles.Women have become more optimistic, enthusiastic and confident, setting themselves high standards.They are ambitious and aim to be financially independent, no longer happy to rely on a man to support them and their children.Sex is so important partly because of what a society or culture adds to it - the idea that there are different roles for males and females.We are reared from a young age on the premise that men behave one way and women behave another, and that this behaviour is all part of our physical makeup over which we have little or no control.The risk of being labelled as effeminate by other boys or ‘butch’ by other girls was a very powerful factor.In today’s world, such media stereotyping is not as strong and girls and boys have more freedom to be who they want to be.This paper examines the roles of males and females in several cultures.The author focuses primarily on the interaction between the genders in terms of sex, marriage, and reproduction.

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