Using the heuristic I have gotten my question:
I am studying double standards in media
because I want to find out why there is still a dividing line between the genders and what is causing it
in order to help my readers accept gender equality between all genders in today’s society.
Research Question: Why are there still double standards in today’s media perpetuating the stereotypes of women and men?
After researching and trying to find think about topic ideas I have decided on double standards in digital media, whether it is on social media or on television. Everyone gets subjected to stereotypes, especially when it comes to what is meant specifically for girls and meant specifically for guys. There should be no dividing line separating the genders. Having to label your gender is even creating a more noticeable line between the two. Not everyone identifies with a specific boy or girl gender. The world is evolving into a more welcoming place for everyone to be who they are, with some cases of people still believing in everyone being separate depending on what their sex is.
This picture shows double standards aren’t just a thing for women to believe against men or men to believe against women. Women are putting down other women just like men are putting down other men.
One of my favorite articles that I read about double standards talks bout the music video for Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. The article talks about how the video basically promotes sexually objectifying women. The 4 minute video shows practically naked women dancing around Pharrell in Robin Thicke. The article discusses how this can show woman that it is okay for men to treat them this way and it shows men that it is acceptable to treat woman like that. They introduce the parody video appropriately titled “Defined Lines”. Done by students at the University of Aukland, it is three, fully clothes, girls and three men only in briefs. The changed the lyrics to discuss today’s issues with misogyny and problems with inequality. The video was removed because it was considered hate speech while Blurred Lines was not removed from YouTube even though it eluded to rape. You can watch the video here.
The next article I found was about gender roles in media. You can find it here. This article shows that some manufacturers advertise entirely to one gender, while some are now breaking the norms and making their ads gender neutral. Then go on to talk about movies and films and how a movie leans toward one stereotype and makes a lot of money, the industry will continue to make movies like it. The emphasis of this article is that gender roles are only gender roles if we, as people who get to choose how we live, decide to fill those stereotypical roles.
My final article is about Hilary Clinton and the words she had to say at the Woman of the World conference. She is specifically only talk about gender roles that have been placed on women, but she makes some very good points. She advises young women on how to overcome the double standards, but guys can take hints from her as well in how not to let the social norm gender roles affect you and how you run your own life.
By reading these three articles and the other random ones I found, I have realized that you won’t find a lot about double standards for men, even though there are plenty out there. This is a problem I am going to have to do more research on to find more information. The article about Blurred Lines shows the harm in teaching today’s society that double standards are okay, and it is definitely not. Hilary Clinton’s words on how to over come and change the stereotypes are a great way to deal with people’s views on gender roles.
My questions for you readers are:
- What are your opinions on double standards in today’s media?
- When you think of stereotypical women and men’s roles in society, what do you think of?
- Please watch the original Blurred Lines music video (preferably uncensored) and then watch the parody. They both had separate negative comments on them (Blurred Lines: “rapey” & let people think it as okay to treat women as sexual objects. Defined Lines: Classified all men into one category & was considered hate speech) and I would like your own opinions on the two videos. Compare them, think of them as two different double standards, whatever you want. How did they make you feel as a woman or a man watching these videos that put down your gender?