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Gender & Media - Pretty Little Liars

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Kate Melvin

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By Kate Melvin Gender & Media -
Pretty Little Liars Prologue Epilogue Works Cited Sexism is very much present in the TV show based on a series of novels by Sara Shepard. It is based on a group of four popular high school teen girls in the town of Rosewood. They occupy their time shopping, gossiping and talking about boys. - Normal “girl” activities IF YOU WANT TO SEE AN EXAMPLE ON HOW TO USE THIS TEMPLATE, PLEASE CHECK: The mother of Hanna agrees to get sexually involved with a cop so that Hanna will not be charged for shoplifting and ruin their reputations. After the fact, the cop sticks around without the mothers consent. This displays that the price of a misdemeanor is the loss of consent and authority on the women's part and also that a women giving herself up in this way is the only way to have any power. The Power of Sex Hanna was at one point very close with another girl named Mona. Mona was said to be Hanna's absolute best friend for a period of time and the two did everything together. After the first few seasons we find out that Mona wasn't her friend at all, and that she lied and messed with Hanna's life for entertainment, and also with no remorse. After this Hanna continues with her life and the show goes on into more girl drama. This show is continuously presenting girls as drama filled, lying, evil creatures and when things like this happen in the show, it is considered normal. This show displays teenage girl friendships as fake, and displays teen girls as practically heartless, when in real life and in real situations this is rarely the case. This show displays many different examples of stereotypes against females. PLL represents females as emotional creatures who cannot be trusted, it gives the impression that bisexuality means you're simply confused and that a woman’s primary source of power is between her legs. The show also gives the impression that a woman’s worth is the sum total of her appearance, social status and man on whose arm she hangs. It is a very popular show amoung teen girls, and most of the viewers do not even realize how their own gender is being represented. Whar stereotypes are present? • Damsel in distress
• Gossipers
• Liars
• Women are supposed to look pretty and be looked at
• Sex is a womens sourse of power
• Over emotional/drama queens
• Can't trust
• Girls that like boys are NORMAL
• Every girl wears makeup and nailpolish
• Young girls are attracted to older men
• African American youth in this show is always an enemy
• http://msmagazine.com/blog/2010/06/17/top-5-anti-woman-myths-in-abc-familys-pretty-little-liars/ This show involves 4 teen girls: The show revolves around 4 teen girls: Hanna Marin - The typical blonde Hanna is a total "diva" and is known as the popular one of the group. In her past she was bulimic and was often made fun of for being overweight. She was an outcast at that point of her life, but when she lost weight, started wearing makeup and wearing the best clothes she was then and ONLY then considered popular. Hanna's character shows girls today that in order to be popular you have to do as Hanna did, and wear the best clothes, makeup and be skinny. Also, her parents divorced, and Hanna lives with her mother. Instead of being angry at both parents she feels betrayed by her father alone. Without even knowing the story behind the marriage this shows us that its 'clearly the man that ruined the relationship' without question and that men will always betray you in the end. Aria Montgomery - Artsy and Fashionable. In the first season Aria's father was having an affair with one of his former students, Meredith, and Aria catches him in the act. Aria was encouraged by a friend to tell her mother the truth, but instead Aria keeps the secret and goes on lying about the situation. This is just adding to th stereotype that teen girls are creatures that cannot be trusted (liars). Spencer Hastings - Intelligent & Ambitious Spencer strives for perfection in everything she does. Practically EVERYTHING about Spencer is perfect, causing the teens watching PLL to think they also need to be next to prefect in order to impress people as Spencer does. Spencer's biggest rival is her older sister Melissa, because of the fact that Spencer has a habit of crushing on Melissa's boyfriends, and even ruining every relationship she's in. Spencer cannot resist Melissa's boyfriends and has caused her boyfriends to cheat on Melissa more than once. PLL also portrays Spencer as the boy-crazy teenage girl who also is evil, manipulative and cares only for herself. Emily Fields - Lesbian Jock Emily starts out as a jock who has a boyfriend and is easily peer pressured into sex. Emily struggles and begins to question her sexuality and we learn that Emily was only easily peer pressured because she was very confused. For a very long period of time she keeps her sexuality a secret, and later only tells a few people, but still remains completely embarrassed and made fun of for it. Others around Emily do not feel comfortable and she is no longer like her other popular friends, who are straight. She begins to drift from the other girls. This shows PLL viewers that being a lesbian simply means you're confused and that it is not NORMAL and accepted to be a lesbian. Aria also gets romantically and sexually involved with one of her teachers, Ezra. She is viewed as reckless, careless, irresponsible and boy-crazy which are some of the most popular stereotypes of the teen girl. Aria and Ezra continue to hide their inappropriate relationship and Aria will do just about anything to make sure she is not caught. Aria lies to her parents and even her own friends for a very long time.

Aria is shown as:
•Typical teen girl who is attracted to older men. (boy crazy)
• A liar who will make up any story to get past her parents
• A dishonest friend who is not truthful with the people she calls her 'bestfriends.'
• Reckless, irresponsible, careless More on Hanna: Hanna's Flashback. The secret's out. 1:37 Spencer & her sisters boyfriend: The shows tag ling raises the questions:
Are 'ugly girls' unable to have ugly secrets, or secrets at all?
Are 'ugly girls' equally untrustworthy?
Are 'ugly girls' so invisible that the show completely ignores their existence?

PLL focuses so much on the 'pretty girl' image that they're not only focusing on one group more than the other, but completely disregarding the less appealing group. The tag line for PLL: “Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret” Opening Credits: The opening credits displays the four girls putting on lip gloss, nail polish, eye makeup, hair curls and high heels. Pretty Little Liars focuses more on the 'pretty girl' image than almost anything. The show is said to be about 4 girls hiding several secrets (, and the theme song contribures to that, but in the actual video it displays lip gloss and other girly factors when they are actually irrelevant to the fact that the girls are liars and have nothing to do with the The opening credits display the 4 girls putting on lip gloss, nail polish, eye makeup, hair curls and high heels. The show is supposed to be about the 4 girls and all of the lies they hide, not about their appearances. The content of the opening credits is irrelevant to the point of the show and instead focuses on the 'pretty girl' appearance. Opening credits Pretty Little Liars has been one of my absolute favorite shows for a long time. I had never noticed just how much the show was representing teenage girls in specific ways until doing research on the topic. PLL focuses on girls who are viewed as pretty and popular and anything else is viewed as odd or frowned upon in the show. After doing the research I realize even myself and a lot of people in my life would also be considered unpopular or weird if presented in the show, which makes me feel differently about the show and how they create the image of a teen girl. I also disagree with the stereotypes they display about girls and how they display us all as liars. Yes, some girls tend to lie a lot but not every single teenage girl lies and cheats her way through high school like a large majority in PLL. Shows like this are what give us girls a bad name and reputation. I think PLL displays girls this way because this is what they think is ‘cool,’ and know it will appeal to teen girls who also want to be ‘cool.’ Technically this method works for them because it was not until I did research that I found anything wrong with how they displayed teen girls, and even looked up to and envied some of the girls in the show. Although this is still one of my favorite shows, I disagree with many of the stereotypes and how they represent their characters. "Sexism," http://www.slideshare.net/donlaldengine9/sexism-6276590 "Top 5 Anti-Woman Myths in ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars," http://msmagazine.com/blog/2010/06/17/top-5-anti-woman-myths-in-abc-familys-pretty-little-liars/ "Portrayal of Women in Social Media," http://englishprincesses.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/feminism-in-pretty-little-liars/
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