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Letter: Film demonstrated negative media messages

Film showed media's gender falsehoods

11:35 PM, Apr. 16, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: "Miss Representation" was shown recently at University of Wisconsin Marathon County. The film depicted the blatant victimization of men and women by the media, skewing the value we assign oursevles and the expectations and roles we play in society.

Men are vicimized, being portrayed as emotionally absent and tough. They're led to believe women are sexy objects, annoying and foolish. Women are vicimized by popular media's portrayal of who they are supposed to be. How women look takes precedence over who they are. In high-status jobs, men are given a pass about their family priorities, while women face scrutiny daily.

When watching TV, how many care what the man is wearing? What about the woman? Media trains us to believe our outward appearance matters more than what's inside.

Please fight to stop the delusion that media creates, which shapes our minds. To raise a generation of competent, confident citizens we must model appropriate behaviors. Please be proactive and aware of the media exposure we are all bombarded with today; it is not reality. Portrayed roles of masculinity and femininity and the language and behaviors tied to them are ingrained in our minds.

Begin to challenge yourself; look at your habits and beliefs. It is imperative that we learn to recognize and separate ourselves from the falsehoods that devalue who we are as human beings and how we perceive and treat one another. Visit http://bit.ly/MissRepTrailer to learn more about the film.

Haley Houghton,

Wausau

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