Being a woman in America means fearing men, unequal pay, and being objectified. Growing up and constantly being reminded that you are a lady and must act as one, is a burden that all females face. Although it is nice to be considered nice, sweet, and beautiful; women need to be reminded that they are strong and capable as well as being intelligent.
For my project one I focused on the stereotyping seen in the music video and song “Blurred Lines”. The music video is full of women acting like they enjoy persistent men who objectify them. There is even a scene where a woman is being walked around like a dog on a leash. The song lyrics are just as controversial, where I know you want it repeatedly sung, downplaying the fact that consent is needed for any kind of sexual advance.
In creating my project paper I had to research statistics about the poor treatment of women and how often they are sexually assaulted. One in five women are raped and you can seldom hear about it in the media. American culture is not okay with talking about women’s troubles. Like menstruation for instance, for years has been somewhat of a myth; until recently some women’s pads commercials have begun using red liquid instead of blue. Slowly but surely menstruation is receiving attention, some sitcoms are even making it a part of their character’s stories and thus making it a subject that reaches living rooms all over the U.S.
Although stereotypes are still prevalent in the media and fashion magazines celebrities are now speaking out about the types of photoshopping they receive and some are even refusing having that done to their magazine covers. Women more than ever are refusing to the be the victims of stereotyping and are making themselves known; whether it be with marches, more natural magazine covers, or by embracing a curvy figure. The future is female and it is only getting better.