Show MoreStereotypes are everywhere; they are on television, billboards, posters, magazines, and even on the internet. Stereotypes are presented everywhere in the media; from the stereotypical skinny model on the cover of a magazine, to a racial stereotype on television. The people creating these tactless items in the media may not be aware of the danger they are causing to society, but this unfortunate occurrence must be prevented. The media can unquestionably present danger to many people when they exhibit stereotyping. Stereotyping can lead to treacherous events, such as negative internalization and incorrect judgment.
When people view advertisements in the media, they tend to internalize the stereotypes that are being used in them. The models…show more content…
Even lipstick promises to make dark upper lips more pink.” (“The Beauty Industry Promotes Unrealistic Beauty Standards”). A stereotype such as this can make people in Asian countries of darker color feel like they do not belong because they are not the same as everyone else on television.
The most typical stereotype nowadays is the skinny male or female usually seen in the fashion industry. Most of these models shown in the media are not even normal, but society still strives to look as the models do. According to the article “Introduction to Body Image: Teen Decisions” ,“experts claim that fashion models weigh 23 percent less than the average female; an average model is five feet eleven inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, while an average woman is five feet four inches tall and weighs 140 pounds”.
Many people, especially teenagers, cringe at the thought of being overweight. People who are overweight are usually teased and bullied by other people; they may also be thought of as “disgusting”, “fat”, and other horrendous names. Many overweight woman have been hurt “physically, sexually, verbally, medically, and financially” ("Preface to 'The Impact of Culture on Women's Health’.”) just because they are different from other people. There are many cruel people in the world who do not accept the differences of others because all their lives, they have been taught by the media that skinny is what is normal. Anything other than
Show MoreCan music preferences serve as a clue to a person's character? Can music applied as a vehicle for self-expression? The article "The Content and Validity of Music-genre stereotypes Among College Students" by Peter J. Rentfrow and Samuel D. Gosling said yes. In the article, 206 University of Taxes at Austin undergraduates participated in the research. In order to look into the associations individuals naturally make about the fans of different style of music, the participants were divided into groups and assigned randomly to rate on personal characters, values and alcohol and drug preferences of the prototypical of the fans of one of the fourteen selected music. The selection of music genres include classical, rock, jazz and etc., and is…show more content…
As Rentfrow and Gosling's research shows, "some of the music stereotypes would be accurate"; that is, we may agree on some relationship between prototypical fans and the types of music(319). Assuming that you heard a song when a car passed by. You will guess the driver is a black person or a young guy if the song has a strong beat. To contrast, you will guess the driver is a gentleman or an old person if the song has a soft beat. Why can you connect the differences in music genres to differences on personalities? The research requires the participants to rate the music genre with the prototypical fans(311). Similarly, you are retrieving in you memory to find a best-fitted person for the genre when you heard the songs. However, the best fit is not the kernel reason. Can you distinguish fans of metal music from jazz? It seems harder. It is discussed that "individuals perceive between music preferences and psychological qualities are very likely influenced by their own personal experiences with music, social interactions and the media"(321). It indicates the individuals with similar experience, social interactions and media focus might share the preference on music genres. As a result, the agreement on music-genre preference gives us the clue for personalities, and the lack of experience make you disabled to comment on metal music and jazz music. Moreover, we may define our identity through our favorite music. Take myself as an example, I am a Chinese-born teenager