Who makes your media? Think about it.
These four charts on gender disparity in media are from the Women’s Media Center, the Media Consortium, and the VIDA Count.
One of the areas of feminism which I have become most passionate about is the media. How it’s presented, how it’s created, how we react, how we internalize what we’re shown. We need to THINK and REALIZE who is making this media for what sort of audience. I just think it’s so important to watch movies, TV, and news with a grain of salt.
It makes it a lot less enjoyable, and you’ll probably get angry when you actually realize how women are portrayed and underrepresented, but that’s the point. It’s a lot easier to just ignore it. But the media dictates the world (and who dictates the media? Theads of networks who are nearly all middle-aged, wealthy, white, and male.) and if we keep being loud and getting angry, eventually things will change. They are changing, but it’s not enough. Keep fighting. Keep thinking. Keep viewing media critically.
TIP: My favourite game is gender-swapping whatever you’re watching. Imagine all the women were men and the men were women. Same characters, same show/movie, but different gender. How many shows would then be about WOMEN!? (but mostly white women) Wouldn’t the men be annoyed? Tell your male friends about this game, maybe it will wake them up.