A. Grace Martin

Author, Student Teacher, Optimist and Promoter of Self-Empowerment


Media and Gender Roles

Posted by agracemartin on January 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM

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We viewed the above video in our social context class and discussed the implications for educators. Even though advertising portrays hyper-sexualized gender roles, at least there are individuals like the creators of this video who are willing to challenge our stereotypes. The media puts pressure on both our male and our female students. Boys don't cry. Real men get ripped muscles. Girls are sexual objects. Women need a multitude of beauty products and fad diets to be beautiful. 

What messages are we sending to our kids? Why can a girl not be athletic, strong, powerful, and masculine? Why can a boy not be sensitive, caring, insightful, and in touch with his emotions?

Load this video to 58 seconds and consider the role-reversal:

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