Double Standards: Media/Movies Overly Objectifying Women

The short video “If Women’s Roles In Movies Were Played by Men” emphasizes how women are viewed in the media. In particular, this video focuses on women’s roles in movies and how strange or uncomfortable it would be if such roles were switched. A few significant swaps show scenes where women’s bodies are being overly sexualized and objectified, such as the gawking over of a woman’s legs and the painting of a woman’s body (obsession/objectification of the female figure). It becomes uncomfortable and strange when these women are swapped for men, which also emphasizes double standards. Another significant swap is a scene when, instead of a man asserting physical dominance over a woman, a woman is asserting physical dominance over a man. Such examples show how females are viewed in the media: overly objectified and sexualized. It also points out the hegemony of male dominance over women. This in turn ties to sexism, gender roles in society, and the media’s influence on such. The questions shown at the end of the video pose two both very valuable and interesting questions: “Is seeing men and women like this uncomfortable? Why?” My questions are similar: does it feel strange to see women and men out of their “norm,” and why is there such gender “norms” and expectations in the first place? Why is there such double standards?

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4 thoughts on “Double Standards: Media/Movies Overly Objectifying Women

  1. I think that the main reason that norms are set to men and women are due to the media. More than anything, Americans consume images that they see on the internet and on TV, since that is what’s most readily available. The fact that the video posted was able to draw so many different examples of female subjugation in the cinema shows its prevalence through our TV screens, and thus into our minds. And the cinema and media get positively reinforced when they see that their ratings go up from enacting in such practices, and thus continue to do so. One only needs to see how Twilight, as well as the other movie mentioned, was so successful in its time to see that these practices won’t be going away anytime soon.

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  2. It makes me very uncomfortable watching this video of men and women switching roles in the media. Its weird to watch the transition and realize that the media plays such a large role in objectifying women. All the advertisements and images of half naked women portrayed as a piece of meat to be obtained is disgusting to me. It is so true how women are over objectified and sexualized for the male audiences pleasure. I wish double standards like this were brought into the lime light more often because I think a lot of people allow this kind of ideologies continue without even realizing the double standard. One example of this in the media are movies like “House Bunnies” that over sexualize women and transform sorority girls into hot women in order to save their house. While this movie is hilarious the plot lines message is encouraging this type of behavior. The images and underlying messages that are being fed to us through the media have a huge impact on our thought process dealing with women being objectified and judged based on their physical features.

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  3. Watching this video, was uncomfortable to say the least. To answer your question I believe that these norms exist because of societal institutions. Not just the media, but also schools and home life really effect the way we see this video (on whether or not we find it uncomfortable to see the roles switched). The media emphasizes gender roles, through their various gender typical behaviors in movies. Take the movie Bridesmaids for example, there were different depictions of women stereotypes in that movie. The actress that I remember the most was played by Melissa McCarthy and that is because she stuck out like a sour thumb. She was the most ill-mannered and showed the most un-ladylike behavior. The reason that most viewers distinctively remember her is because she was outside of the typical gender role. Thus, completing the cycle of our constant judgment upon women. The media reiterates what we have already learned through the society. So who is really in the wrong?

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  4. I believe it is strange seeing men and women out of their respective norms. Throughout time, we as a society have naturally formed societal roles for males and females, dating back to the primitive hunter-gatherer age. Gender is not only a biological characteristic, but it is similar to race in the sense that it has also become socially formed as well. We assign characteristics and assumptions to both genders, which helps form certain gender ideologies to both sexes. So seeing each gender outside of its “normal” habitat, it feels unnatural. These ideologies attributed to certain social anxieties that have been formed in society, such as men are more aggressive, women are more promiscuous, etc.

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