Gender Stereotypes as a Reflection of Women
The media holds up a mirror to our society. As condemned as the media may be, it does reflect much truth and reality. This is especially so for comics and advertising media because they are very much inspired by our daily lives and struggles (Klein, 1993).
Commercials and comics should never be solely regarded as the promotion of tangible objects as they carry subtle messages and reinforces certain ideas subconsciously. Gender roles are underlying and recurring themes in these commercials and it is crucial to understand the development of the images media portray because they have a strong correlation with the society. As these forms of media dominate the industry, we have to be wary of how it validates and ascertains our …show more content…
Women in the advertising media and comics have also constantly been depicted as social creatures, where they attempt to create an identity and improve their social status by their obsession with their physical appearances. Le Monchek discovered that the emphasis on one’s appearance in comics reveals that the real source of self-esteem for many women still lay in the way they looked (Klein, 1993). This is due to the notion that a woman’s physical appearance is an indication of her social status (Delamont, 2001).
Commercials for health and beauty products continue to