Media Dehumanization of Women, and the Violence that Follows

What does advertising really do to our perception of women?  The treatment of women has gotten worse over the last 40 years, and much of this is related to the severe objectification of women in the media. Women presented in ads are photoshopped to be made thinner, even when they already look anorexic. Due to photoshop women have no more lines, creases, folds, pores – you name it. All humanity is removed from women’s faces and bodies, which ultimately promotes violence against us. 1 in 4 women in the US is physically abused, and 1 in 5 is sexually abused.

Dehumanization is a powerful tool in that it makes violence okay, since violence against an object is okay. And of course it becomes the woman’s fault for being an object once violence has been committed…

Watch this powerful video.

Find out more at http://www.mediaed.org/

About Claire

I grew up in both the Netherlands and the US. When I moved to America at age 10 I was confronted with conflicting social constructs of gender and class. As a student of the social and cognitive sciences, I gained a greater understanding of how human decision-making can lead to unintended system-wide consequences in the interdependent world we live in, especially when you throw stereotyping into the mix. Having struggled as both a poor and female American citizen, I am quite aware of what it means to blame a victim for their circumstances. I feel that I have a voice, and responsibility, to stand up for those who are currently silent.

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