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Gender Roles in TV

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Sarah Hubbard

on 15 November 2012

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Research and Design by Sarah Hubbard, Carlo Buenaventura, and Monet Banks Men in Television Men on prime-time are usually displayed as being independent, aggressive, and in-charge.
Shows exalt extreme stereotypes of masculinity such as being tough, sexually aggressive, violent and totally in control of their emotions. White men are displayed as the masculine standard for all men.
News programs reinforce stereotypes of black men as being angry and violent, by focusing on criminal activities committed by blacks, but not whites. Men are not portrayed in Television showing nurturing behaviors to others or doing serious house work. Or as being competent at homemaking, cooking and child care. Men’s Treatment of Women Media frequently depicts men treating women like physical sex objects.

Media portrays men as being extremely sexually active and not responsible for sexual safety or pregnancy Television's Portrayal of GenderRoles Portrayed in the Media •Female characters are fewer in number and less central to the plot.
•Female characters are typically more passive than male characters.
•Marriage and parenthood are considered more important to a woman’s than to a man’s life. On television women are underrepresented and the images of both men and women tend to be stereotypical and traditional, despite a number of programs with characterizations that present a more liberated view of gender roles. Effects of Television Those who watch more television also are more likely to exhibit gender role stereotypes for gender-related qualities (independence, warmth) and gender-related activities (sports, cooking).

Similarly, there is a relationship between watching television and having gender-typed attitudes toward gender-stereotyped chores.
Men taking out the trash or yard work
Women doing the dishes and cleaning the house Watching too much television may give adolescents unrealistic expectations about what can happen as they grow up.
For instance, trying to attain or mimic the physical attributes of television actresses is not a healthy goal for the average teenager.
William Dietz, M.D., FAAP, has postulated that eating disorders, such as bulimia, may be the only way young girls can cope with the myriad of conflicting images about food and body types we find on television. Citations Ni, Cheryl. "Portrayal of Women in the Media." Portrayal of Women in the Media. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. <http://mediarepresentation.wordpress.com/women-in-tv-dramas/>.

Signorielli, Nancy. "Children, Television, and Gender Roles: Messages and Impact." Science Direct. Elsevier Inc., Jan. 1990. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/019700709090129P>.

Wood, Julia T. Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub., 1994. Print. See Dad Run
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