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Jennifer Choi

on 15 April 2014

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teen girls should be body positive about themselves and others to encourage other teen girls to make their own choices and not be pressured by the negative portrayals of female body changes in society
Teen girls in reality
Teen girls in reality
Teen Girls were portrayed 'weak'
Representation of teen girls in movies: Then & Now
Analysis of teen girls in media
Teen girls nowadays show power
Teen girls in reality
What society thinks about/portrays teen female development:
should be hidden
unnatural/needs to be maintained
shame females for something they can't control
Teen girls in reality
Example: Rebel Without a Cause
1955 (Nicholas Ray)
Teen Girls: portrayed through male view point, objectified, un-important, simply there to attend to male's wants.
Teen Girls are shown as passive, weak, pathetic, obedient, un-opinionated, objects of man's desire (sexual, fulfill needs)
Characters used:
Natalie wood (as Judy) has pin up curly hair, long skirt (ankle length), non-revealing top (blouse), not popular, no power, there for boy's needs.
Power relationships created by positioning of character/use of camera angles:
High Angle shots used to show teen girls, to show they're weak, have no authority, they look up on men. Usually in the arms of males, shows that their rights are taken over by males.
Language used:
Mean - connotation: offensive, denotation: to intend, Weak - connotation: invalid, denotation: Lacking in strength
The media text I looked at was about puberty in teen girls which is specified as ...
They start growing body hair
They start growing breasts
They start getting oilier skin
Their bodies start developing changes (menstruation cycles, hormones, discharge etc.)
How does the text represent the group you are focusing on?
The media text I looked at represented female puberty as a normal, regular part within teenage girls as the article states "These changes are all part of becoming a woman."
Well... what does this represent?
Examples: Mean Girls, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Mark Waters, 2004
Sara Sugarman, 2004
Teen Girls: Due to increased feminism, in the view point of teen girls, portrayed stronger, individual, still degraded - overly sexualized, objectified, often pared with guy way 'cooler' than them.
Rebellious, adventurous, dramatic, divas, self-conscious (obssessed over weight, makeup, interaction with boys), strong (mentally & physically)
How do they create stereotypes?:
Only come out during scenes where they fulfill needs of males, never the focal point, males wear the 'pants' in the relationship, conservative hairstyle, clothing, usually the 'innocent', barely wears strong makeup
How do they create stereotypes?:
Instead of being weak and un-opinionated, shown as outgoing, popular (Mean Girls - rude, powerful/CTDQ - girl chases her own dream, strongly opinionated), long hair, alot of makeup, wears revealing clothes. Use alot of color pink to show 'general' characteristics of teen girls (girly, barbie-like). However not all teen girls are this way nowadays!
Characters used:
Rachel Mcadams (Regina George) - preppy, wears short skirts, blonde long straight hair, alot of makeup, superior (people look up to her), looks down on people. Stereotype of 'popular' teen girls, Lindsay Lohan (Lola) - the 'not so popular' teen girl, wants to be broadway actress, dramatic (gets into drama with the popular girls), love-line with guy 'cuter' than her.
Power relationships created by positioning of character/use of camera angles:
Low angle shots to show teen girls show authority, and are powerful - rise of feminism, not in the arms of man but rather standing tall themselves.
Language used:
Rebellious - connotatoin: disobedient, denotation - resisting authority.
Main Message in the media text
Changes in the society & media strongly influence the portrayal of teen girls and their rights & authority as a female.
Teen Girls are portrayed much stronger & opinionated today, but are still being degraded sexually, in fact, more than back then, since they are portrayed a lot less conservative now.
I agree - it is true that teen girls are portrayed differently back then and now.
Teen girls during puberty go through a lot of new changes and society shows teen girls that they should feel ashamed of their natural forms or have to hide their body's development due to society's portrayal of what is attractive or what is 'ideal'
The point is: female bodies are natural and NOT irregular and society should not shame them or manipulate how females think about/handle their bodies, this should be taught to young female teens
-people need to understand that, YOUR body means YOUR choices
-girls can do whatever they like with their bodies without shame from society/peers
-society needs to stop making teen females feel bad about their bodies
-teens need to realize that puberty changes are not flaws but instead natural improvements!
-shaved areas on celebrities/actors (armpits, legs, etc.)
-ads always show that there is something unnatural (periods are disasters! shave your legs/underarms!)
as teen females enter puberty, they perceive their changes as flaws that need to be fixed instead of something natural and natures work of becoming a woman
Movies then and now reinforce stereotypes of teen girls in different ways, and challenges them, because some many disagree or some may agree with how the media portrays teen girls back then and now. Not all teen girls are like those in movies.
These representations make me feel uncomfortable in a way, since I feel teen girls are not being portrayed in the right ways. Teen girls are just ordinary girls, but the media is corrupting their innocence through influence (ex. that all teen girls should be popular and pretty like 'Mean Girls').
The realities of ordinary teenage girls who are not 'popular' nor a 'loser', but just lives life like a regular girl is left out of the representation of teen girls in movies back then and even now, because it is not interesting enough for the media's standards.
+ Teen girls over the world that are not very fortunate, like the ones in undeveloped countries are left out, because it is not what the audience would want to see in a movie, that's supposed to be humorous and entertaining.
Music Video Analysis

girls used primarily as "eye candy", sex objects
Aren't given notice or importance unless its for vulgar gestures or remarks
Men are shown as dominant and in power while women are inferior

Stereotypes of Teen Girls in Media
constantly worry about appearance
wear revealing clothing
"blonde hair, cake faced, large breasts, mini skirts, high heels"
obsess over weight, makeup, clothes, friends, and boys
How does media reinforce these stereotypes?

media exaggerated characters to show stereotypes
Teen Girls in Movies: Mean Girls
These scene displays...
reinforces stereotypes/cliques in high school
shows teen girls in high school
stereotypes mentioned previously
Use of Language:
Teen Girls in Social Media
How teenage girls are represented in social media, such as popular sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Blogspot.
Teen Girls in Social Media
The blog example perfectly covers all the small stereotypes about how teen girls are seen in social media and sums up all major stereotypes
Girly, mainstream, "irrelevant things," clearly pays close attention to new fashion trends, bright colours, trying to be "hipster," stereotypical girly images (hearts, flowers, beach images)
If it's a blog, it is probably dedicated to fashion, beauty, their personal thoughts.
"Tumblr Hipster Fashion"
How does the text represent teen girls in social media?
What stereotype does the text use OR what stereotypes does it draw attention to?
How people usually see girls spending their time on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook, and in this case - Tumblr and their blog, likes to go to Starbucks, overreacts on "stupid" things
Girly, posting things that others would find very irrelevant
If you were to sum up the blog without having to read much of what the blogger has written, you would see everything to be very mainstream. Pictures, font, poses, clothing choices, colour choices, overall layout are all so average, boring, and not surprising to see a teen girl posting on social media.
Teen Girls in Social Media
How does the text create the stereotypes or draw attention to them?
Displays many examples of the stereotypes based on the girly/detailed language she uses, dotting the blog's title's "i"s with hearts, pink background, pictures of outfits you've seen a million times that she wrote a whole article about how "chic" and cute they are
Article title "Tumblr Hipster Fashion"
Without following the trends the blogger is talking about, she is easily automatically labelled as your typical teenage girl who spends her free time at the mall, Starbucks, and on Instagram/Tumblr all the time
Word: fandom // Word: chic
Denotation: large group of fans // Denotation: trendy, stylish
Connotation: creepy, obsessive // Connotation: unoriginal, mainstream
Description of models/characters:
Typical pose you would see on Tumblr/Instagram
Mainstream "in style" fashion such as Beetlejuice-styled pants, tank top with a cross and a cheesy quote, a fedora, ombre hair, happy/bright facial expression/pose
Teen Girls in Social Media
Power relationships created by positioning of models/characters and use of camera angles?
Main messages in the media text? Do you agree or disagree with the message?
Model's pose
Arched back towards the camera, displays confidence including her content facial expression
Birds eye view for the outfit photos
Seeing the same thing over and over again and can already assume what the article is about, is the farthest thing from original
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