Stereotypes in Media

By Chris Moxon

“Everybody Loves Raymond” perpetuates the stereotype of a lazy stupid husband. “Jersey Shores” perpetuates the stereotypes of women being bimbos, portrayed by Snooki, and men being muscle-head meatballs, portrayed by Mike. “The Real Housewives of Orange County” perpetuates the stereotype that women are money-hungry ruthless vixens. All of these are examples of how stereotypes, whether accurate or not, are reinforced in today’s media.

Some students at CSN weigh in on the topic.

When asked how men are portrayed in commercials, Robert Lemiesz says that men are typically shown as lazy. “They don’t do a whole lot,” He says.

Stacy Sinon thinks men are stereotyped as overpowering. “I feel that men are dominant and that they also see women as property.”

Sinon chimes in on female stereotypes in the media. “I think women are exploited and they’re made [into] an object.”

Lemiesz’s opinion is similar. “[Women] shouldn’t be classified as just people that just stay in the kitchen. It’s wrong.”

Business women face another set of stereotypes. They are called ice queens. For example, in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”, the nemesis Miranda mercilessly manages her assistants, portraying women as cruel heartless beasts.

Other portrayals show women as dependent and venerable sex symbols, according to Maggie Wrights, an online writer. Young women are made to feel inadequate and older women fear aging as they compare themselves to younger women.

How does this affect the younger generation? How do young men and women feel about themselves due to mass exposure to media? Students at CSN should be mindful of their media diets and watch unduly influences.

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