I unearthed another one of my papers from university the other evening and the subject matter of said paper really encouraged me to examine the consequences of inaccurate depictions of women in media.
The portrayal of female stereotypes in popular culture can be considerably detrimental to the public perception of women.
The ways in which female stereotypes are projected in popular culture can obscure a comprehension of what is valid and what is invalid in terms of the female identity.
The ways in which women are represented in popular culture and their association with stereotypes generates a false understanding of the female gender, and as a result further intensifies pre-existing dichotomous categorizations, dichotomous meaning a division, between males and females in contemporary society.
Do we detect a pattern here?
Possessing an understanding of how popular culture represents women in terms of false stereotypes is crucial in order to recognize how female stereotypes existing in media strengthen the existence of a dichotomous categorization between men and women. By creating dichotomous categorizations, female stereotypes displayed in popular culture demonstrate their influence on the perception of women by enhancing the belief that stereotypical recognitions of women are an accurate public depiction.
Having a concrete understanding of the implications that female stereotypes depicted in popular culture can have upon women as well as the dichotomous categorizations they promote is essential in terms of educating oneself about the relationship between gender and language. By being informed of the ways in which media represents female stereotypes falsely, a resistance can be acquired to avoid succumbing to the manipulation of the media. I recall a text I studied in my third year of university titled Language and Gender, and as Eckert and McConnell-Ginet (2013) state in this text, “… Gender must be recognized in its full glory – in its inseparability from the rest of life experience” (p. 61).