Thursday, November 3, 2011
Mainstream Media is killing my mind. Maybe I came to feminism a little late in life, or maybe media moguls have reverted back to their clearly misogynistic ways; no longer pretending to give a damn about obviously turning women into sex objects. Either way, it is becoming harder and harder to turn on the computer, television, or radio without being bombarded by the new "shut up and look sexy bitch" culture.
We often worry about what messages this kind of programming will send to our daughters. I am becoming increasingly worried about the effect this culture is having on me and my other "adult" friends. I know a lot of people would say that I should just stop complaining and turn the television off. Some people would have me live life off the gird so I would not have to worry about such imagery.
But, I refuse to walk into the woods and away from civilization. I would rather ask the question; What is so wrong with showing women in a positive light? Why can't respectable women get a shout out in the mainstream media anymore? And, how are we going to ensure that they do?
I’m starting to think that I just don't know enough about mainstream media to even know where to begin. So, I am going to my media guru. One of my best friends, Stephanie Kowal, knows everything there is to know about mainstream media. If she doesn't know, it isn't pop culture. I decided to get her perspective on the state of feminism per the media.