Women and the Media
By: Jacqueline Scott | April 6, 2012 | Opinion, Politics, Sex & Gender

With all the political discussion about women and their biological rights in the Unite State and what this means in general, I have begun thinking about a global understanding of women in the world.  In Europe it is understood culturally that a woman has the right to choose to take birth control, have abortions, and expect condoms.  At least from what my students have told me, what I have read, and what I have experienced.  But the portrayal of women in the media is vastly different.

Women are, at least in Eastern Europe, shown as sexual objects.  I really don't understand why having a nearly-naked woman in your coffee ad will increase coffee sales.  Now some may say, and have, "You are American, and your country is prudish about the female body." And that is absolutely true.  We are also prudish about the male body as well. If you show a man's penis in a film that nearly guarantees an X rating by the MPAA.  I know that the United States isn't perfect in the way it portrays and treats women, but women are shown as more than giggling sales and sex objects.

I was reading an article from the LA Times and what it made me realize is that women do want a respectful view of themselves in the media.  How do we do this?  It's not easy--because sex sells.  Also, we live in a world where most of the corporate control is in the hands of men.  In the United States, we have television shows that show women as lawyers, doctors, reporters, mothers, and even President of the United States. But these women are still beautiful, and still eye candy.  When a woman speaks in front of Congress about her political opinion, she is vilified and called a slut.  Some Congressional leaders still want t o see women barefoot and pregnant, but want to give themselves a bigger salary and cutting funding for domestic abuse.  I wonder if the world really wants to see real women on TV. I think though showing women in more roles other than watermelon and mastika sales girl will be helpful.

Jacqueline is the Founder of The Sexy Politico. She's a world traveler - fueled by her love for learning. She has lived in the United States and Eastern Europe, but as of now calls Wuxi, China her home. She's proudly travelled throughout the lower 48 states in America as an army brat, navigated her way from West to East in Europe, and has seen the most urban and rural areas of Southeast Asia. Through all her journeys she managed to double major in Political Science and History w/ a minor in Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University, join the Peace Corps, and teach English to children on three different continents. She has learned a few things along the way she'd like to share as advice to a future world traveller: 1) Always accept a Grandmother's home-cooked meal and 2) Never lose your wits because you never know when or where you'll need them.


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