Ethnicity Portrayed in TV Against Women.
The TV show “America’s Next Top Model” was one of my favorite shows during high school years. Little did I know that this show was so aggressive but most important so negative towards women and women’s bodies. If you have never watched the show its formed by four judges that select 20 women who are challenged daily to perform the job of a super model in photo shoots, events, fittings, etc. These judges eliminate one girl every week according to their weaknesses, performance,and errors. These types of shows influence society to have a stereotype of beauty, women’s body and women’s behavior. Going a little more in depth on idea on how these shows influence its viewers, you might be able to notice that there is also a kind of ethnicity sticker to women. By this I mean that women of different skin color, hair color or ethnic backgrounds have a label on their forehead on “what they are like.”
These are some abstracts from Chapter Six of Reality Bites Back, the troubling truth about Pleasure TV. by Jennifer Pozner.
“Latina Top Model hopefuls have been consistently typecast as promiscuous sluts, ‘naturally’ good dancers, or bursting with machisma and ready to throw down.”(pg. 199, Pozner.)
“Top Model has mixed and matched from various long-held stereotypes about Asian women in American movies, described in The Asian Mystique as including the cold calculating ‘Dragon Lady’ (traits assigned to ambivalent April) and the submissive “Lotus Flower….China Doll”(pg. 199, Pozner.)
“The Violent Ghetto Girl (or as one model was described, the ‘ghetto black barbie’)”(pg. 200, Pozner.)
Isn’t this true? Look at reality TV, are white women labeled like any of these other women are?
Another example on why these women are harmed by TV shows like this is found in everyday radio, well not in every radio station, but for example here in Sa Diego 90.3. Have you listened to the lyrics to some of the songs played? All they talk about is money and how women are objects “aka bitches, hoes” and even on their videos women come out more than half naked and embracing what these rappers are saying. And we expect to be respected by men, while making ourselves available to such things and also listening to these without analyzing the harm it creates towards women.