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Racism and Sexism in the Media

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Adriana Meadowcroft

on 24 November 2012

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Transcript of Racism and Sexism in the Media

Racism & Sexism in
the Media What is racism, and
what is sexism? Examples of sexism in the media: How do we resolve this
issue? Attack on Muslims Disney movies: A Romanticized
Look at Racism and Sexism Racism:
the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Sexism:
prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex Media has implanted the idea that
men are not susceptible to any
form of sexual abuse. We need to be aware that television, movies, the news,
and other media sources play a critical in the shaping of public opinion about a group of people. “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
-Mahatma Gandhi We need to refrain from structuring an 'us' versus 'them' perspective when telling a story. We need to break away from the chain
of associations between a group and an issue. How has media implanted this idea that men are not susceptible to sexism? Since the 9/11 attacks on America, media speculation has pointed the finger
at Muslims. A Muslim is portrayed as "terrorist", a "refugee" or "militant",
but seldom a real human being.
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