Gender Stereotypes And The Media Essay

1706 Words Jul 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Gender is define by social concepts formed by culture and society. All over the media, we see gender stereotypes that portray how a man and a woman should look and act. Even before we are born, we are assign a gender, through the colors and designs of our blankets, room, diapers, toys and clothing. According to society indeed, this is femininity and masculinity. Every woman and man should abide to the stereotypes we see in our everyday lives in order to fit in. For instance, when we watch television we see shows, films, and commercials that portray these gender stereotypes. Society believes men have to be physically and mentally strong. As Tony Porter mentioned in his Ted Talk “A Call to Men”, men are superior, whereas women are inferior. Because, society chooses to accept gender stereotypes portrayed by the media, it creates gender roles, which lead to inequality and prejudice.
The media has perpetuated stereotypes we should abide to, at such a young age. In every Disney movie there is always a tough, handsome, and muscular person. As well, as an outcast, who is a weak, short, and fat and treated badly. The article “Harmful Gender Stereotypes in Our Favourite Disney Classic.” mentions how the masculinity in men is portray through the heroes, who save the princesses in the movies. The article stated “These rich, charming, good looking men have to protect their princesses from the danger they put themselves in.” This is teaches young boys that they need to be the one whom…

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