there is not one single representation of femininity in the media. Depending on the genre (movie, television, news, documentary), the historical period, type of production (mainstream or independent), and the story being told, there may be a multitude and range of representations.
At the same time, even with all these representations, there are some common stereotypes and conventions we can see if we pay close attention to the patterns in what we’re viewing. These stereotypes and conventions may not reflect our reality or any reality we personally know or recognize. In fact, they simply may be common shorthand used by those working behind-the-scenes doing the writing, directing, producing, casting, set design, costuming, hair and makeup.
If we can start to see patterns, even in the smallest details of someone’s hair, their body language, the color of their bedroom walls, we can begin to understand how representations create meaning, perpetuate ideologies, and potentially reinforce stereotypes.
Begin by making a list of the types of media representations of women you can think of. Also, take a look at the media on this website tagged "femininity,” “sexual power” and/or “post-feminism.” Then, consider these questions:
Then, consider the following questions:
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