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Social Media or Social Misogyny?

Posted by Megan Plassmeyer on January 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM

We all buy into social media and television so that we may become connected to the world around us. But what if the world around us is a bit different than the one we are seeing? 

Women have been notoriously sexualized through media for as long as I can remember. From every Carl’s Jr. Television advertisement dripping with grease and testosterone, to even the political spectrum, where Michelle Obama is told she would look better if she could “just drop a few pounds.”

Although I will admit to seeing improvements, I have found a majority of media to be a miss-representation.  In 2011, the Representation Project financed a documentary that showed just how limited female exposure is within cinema.  Between 1937 and 2005 there were only 13 female protagonists in animated films…All of them except one had the aspiration of finding romance. In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. Then to top it all off, women hold only 3% of clout positions in the mainstream media (telecommunications, entertainment, publishing, and advertising). Perhaps the reason we see impartial and incorrect portrayals of women is because women do not hold a voice in this industry. In 2015, may we hope for a social media that accurately portrays our needs and wants as citizens, workers, and philanthropists. Perhaps leaders and politicians must recognize that we are more than the “ditz next door”, the romanced friend, and the impractical shopaholic. 


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