Race, Gender, and Class the Essay

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Specifically reported by Coy is that the "recent launch of a black Disney princess may be an indicator of greater cultural diversity, but in terms of the 'girl power' values it carries the view that it is 'a great step . . . [and] could help black children see themselves more positively' (Adesioye, 2009) fails to address how it will reinforce messages of sexualization for black girls." (2009) to excel in the music industry, it is expected and even required that women become sexualized because this is a primary point of the success realized in the music industry as the music industry is highly sexualized overall. A study reported in the work of Stankiewitz and Rosselli (2008) states that the study examined the way that women were depicted in 1,988 advertisements "from popular U.S. magazines." The advertisements were coded in relation to whether women were presented as sex objects of victims. Findings from the study report "on average across magazines, one of two advertisements that featured women portrayed them as sex objects. Women appeared as victims in just under ten percent of the advertisements. Men's, women's fashion, and female adolescent magazines were more likely to portray women as sex objects and as victims than news and business, special interest, or women's non-fashion magazines." (Stankiewitz and Rosselli, 2008) Objectification theory is reported to make provision of a framework for comprehending the experience of existing as a female in a socialcultural environment that sexually objectifies the female body. (Szymanski, Moffitt, and Carr, 2011, paraphrased) Sexual objectification is reported to result in mental health problems for women because women, are known to self-objectify and treat themselves as an object to be viewed and their worth assigned based on their appearance. The result of self-objectification results in "negative psychological outcomes." (Szymanski, Moffitt, and Carr, 2011) for women who work in the music industry, media, or fantasy film industry, and who are everyday faced with the sexualization or sexual objectification of women, there is bound to be a clash in their view of themselves and in how they judge their own worth.It is certain that after some time of extended exposure to this view and this way of applying value and worth to the female body and the female attributes that they must certainly suffer some type of negative mental and/or emotional problems due to their desire to be successful and the un-stated requirement to appear physically appealing sexually. The saturation of the media, music, and fantasy film industry with female sexuality does not enable women in these industries to avoid this effect. For example, it is reported in the work of Liang (2011) that even when the female athlete "attempt to abstain from the media's sexualization, they experience backlash from their viewers and even peers, further establishing the priority of sex appeal in women's sports."


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