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08 October 2011 @ 11:50 am
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This week, it was interesting how we were able to discuss the media theories regarding women. From our discussions, I realized that the way people view women in the society is largely dependent on how the media presents them. 

Take Barbie as an example. As a little girl, I definitely adored Barbie for several years. I would force my parents to buy me several dolls along with living room, dining room, and bathroom sets, and also assorted clothes for me to try on every doll. I grew up thinking that Barbie is the role model, with her perfect hair and perfect body.  I thought that to be the ideal woman, I should be like Barbie who takes care of the children and knows how to move around the house. Although this is true, it still somehow unjustifiable how the media is able to hone our perceptions about women, especially when it comes to more sensitive examples, such as:
Unfortunately, women are often objectified to satisfy the needs of men. If that's not enough, women, in return, submit themselves to this kind of thinking. Most women justify this scenario by trying to live up to what is expected from women based on what the media dictates. They buy products that promise whiter and younger skin, and also have their bodies undergo different surgeries just to achieve their desired vital statistics.

It's heart-breaking to see how media and technology have caused such degradation on the confidence and contentment of women. As one of the theories says, the call for change should come from the members of the marginalized themselves, so how would that happen if we'll only sit back and conform with these situations? 

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Meryl AvianteMeryl Aviante on October 11th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
"It's heart-breaking to see how media and technology have caused such degradation on the confidence and contentment of women. "

It really is :( It's' not wrong to want to be beautiful or sexy but it's just sad that most women today, I believe, want to be beautiful and sexy for men and not for their selves. One of the biggest advantage of media is also its biggest downside: the power to greatly influence and control the audience.
Lia Felicianolialialiaf on October 12th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC)
"women, in return, submit themselves to this kind of thinking. Most women justify this scenario by trying to live up to what is expected from women based on what the media dictates"

Your examples and that statement really reminded me of a scene in Mean Girls wherein Regina, is described as "flawless" and Cady later says that she's like the Barbie doll she never had (Regina, of course, had blonde hair and fair skin). In the movie, teenage girls try to live up to Regina George's so called "beauty" which was also socially constructed in the first place.
Migi Ericta on October 12th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
Women
I learned just recently that Barbie dolls are the ideal of the perfect woman:nice body,smooth skin,nice complexion and stylish get-up.Being like a Barbie Doll is actually aspirational because most ladies "aspire" to be like that and even look up to them as their role models,just like what you said.Sadly,this may disappoint some of them if they don't live up to that aspiration.The media portraying women as objects for men to be satisfied is also dehumanizing because they are treated less than a human just for pleasure or even "toys". I also think that there must be something done to restore their dignity and humanity.I believe that women should be respected and treated as women and not as "objects" or "toys". How can something be done though if men enjoy this type of pleasure?

Anyway,great insights,Ferisse:)
Rico OaRico Oa on October 12th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
I must say, this blog drew me in because of the .. *wink* *wink*

Haha. Kidding aside, regarding the Barbie Dolls, my mom never bought or accepted Barbie gifts for my sister because she thought that my sister might grow up believing that Barbie is the ideal girl, that her waist size is the "normal" size and that girls should always look pretty. These kinds of things make up the false consciousness that our society falls into.

As a guy, I never realized that majority of things the media shows were used to satisfy our needs. FHM, Playboy , things which I never read are things published by the media that objectify women but are supported by men.
chrislegaspi.wordpress.com on October 13th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
The media was very successful in portraying this saddening image of women to the public. It has become a standard for women. Women want to be slim, just like the models, or with a body that appears to be envious or enticing. Attention has also become one of the most important things. These women of today tend to be overly strict to health, eating, exercise and such factors. They want to be like these people, exactly how the media portrays what the great and sexy women should be, and in theory, that promotes the idea of the Male Gaze and the worldwide idea of the idea of sexual appeal and abuse. I detest that women should follow this stereotype, and I salute all the ardent efforts of all the Feminists and feminist groups out there.
Beaver FloresBeaver Flores on October 18th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Never stop being critical
Wonderful final entry, Janine. Very critical and thought-provoking. If there's one thing I'd like you to take from our Com 11 class, it's that one should never stop being critical about things. Never hesitate to question why things are the way they are, and try to discover what could be done to make life and society better.

Godspeed!