Medium Post #4
I chose to read the article “The Problem With Women in Media Right Now” by Meghana Indurti. As I read, I noticed a lot of the points the author touched on were some of the supporting ideas in Miss Representation.
Most of the article focuses on the portrayal of women in movies and television and how this filters into other parts of women’s and men’s lives alike. We see women conveyed as — and in turn, often treated as — objects for a man’s desire, and that their body is their only trait of worth and value. Girls learn from media starting at a young age that their purpose in life is to please men, to make them happy, to maintain their beauty and youth.
This normalizes the sexualization of women for both men and women. Women become accustomed to cat calls and blatant sexual assault (like what we saw in King of Queens), and men are desensitized and taught that assaulting a woman is alright, if not encouraged.
Reading this, I couldn’t help but think of all of the empowering female TV and movie characters that I’ve seen and the increase in representation of minority characters (POC, Muslims, Latinas, overweight characters, etc.). However, the author quickly refuted this by bringing up a good point. With every empowering female character we see, out comes another movie with a male lead that swoops in and saves the day, snagging the damsel in distress.
The author brushes on a really interesting test called the Bechdel test, “based on three simple parts: whether there were two females, whether they talked to each other, and whether what they talked about was anything other than a man” (Indurti). According to the author, a lot of movies fail this test.