Teenagers Don't Believe This! - Representation of Women in Media Opinion Piece

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For part 2 of my English course we studied how women are portrayed in the media.  We looked at different advertisements, commercials, music videos, and articles.

This written task relates to the study of portrayal of female in different types of media.  I think that media is a very important factor in the representation of women, as it has affected our thoughts and make us think that all women are sexual objects.

After watching a number of music videos, I have chosen to do an opinion column on the representation of women in music videos as media portrayals have been misleading. For this task, I will be comparing how females are represented in different music videos, “Buttons” by the Pussycat Dolls, and “P.I.M.P” by 50 Cent .  In the “Buttons” video, the Pussycat Dolls are portrayed as very confident and sassy, where in “P.I.M.P”, the females are portrayed as “sex” slaves, as they are objectified and portrayed as only existing to serve men, as evidenced by the fact that men walk women around on leashes in part of the video.  

I will write for an opinion column with a clear viewpoint for a music magazine for teenage girls, and by doing this, I believe that my argument will be effective.

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In today’s day and age, the media plays a big role in how people act and dress in everyday life. Many ideas for style and behavior come from watching music videos, reading magazine articles, and advertisements. With media making such a big impact on American citizens, it seems that women especially, needs to be portrayed in a more positive and less provocative manner. Looking at the Pussycat Doll’s video “Buttons” a thought instantly came into my mind, should women be portrayed as confident and sassy? What is the status of women in everyday life?

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It seems like these kinds of music videos are sending the wrong messages - the ideal women are Pussycat Dolls. We, humans are often highly encouraged by the media and we think that all females should be portrayed in the same way, and this gives us a misleading representation.

The media sells an image of what they deem to be the “ideal” woman”young, tall and thin with “perfect” proportions, hair, skin, and teeth. Everywhere we turn we are bombarded with magazine covers, billboards, movie posters, and the like, in which the images of the models are manipulated, in ...

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