Negative Stereotypes of Women Essay

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N. Trevino
English 1301
3 December 2011
The Negative Impact of Stereotypes Stereotype- a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group (Dictionary). In simpler words, stereotypes are judgments based on actions of an individual or small group, thought to be true about the rest of that group. Stereotypes refer to individuals perceptions that typically do not correspond to reality. A stereotype is a picture in the head, not an accurate mirror of the real world. Gender stereotypes, as well as many other stereotypes, possess falseness and are not always correct. Not only do gender stereotypes contain false assumptions, but can have lasting impacts of those who are
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Not only through occupational roles are women stereotyped, but also heavily and commonly in the media. Whatever the role, from supermom to sex kitten, television, film and popular magazines are full of images of women and girls who are typically white and desperately thin. Women and their body parts sell everything from food to cars. Film and television actresses are becoming younger, taller and thinner. Women’s magazines are full of articles claiming that if they can just lose that last twenty pounds, they’ll have it all- perfect marriage, loving children, great sex, and a rewarding career. All of this attention and pressure towards women’s appearance can have lasting effects on women and girls. The American research group Anorexia Nervosa & Related Eating Disorders, Inc. says that one of every four college-aged women uses unhealthy weight control methods- including fasting, skipping meals, excessive exercise, laxative abuse, and self-induced vomiting. The Canadian Women's Health Network also warns that weight control measures are now being taken by girls as young as five and six years old (Media Awareness). American statistics are similar. Several studies, such as one conducted by Marika Tiggemann and Levina Clark, indicate that nearly half of all preadolescent girls wish to be thinner, and as a result have engaged in a diet or are aware of the concept of dieting (Media Awareness). Statistics such as these shows an