Many ideas were brought into a spotlight in these two articles. Ideas that make me question what we’re teaching our future young girls about their future and the “values” in which they’re suppose to hold.
In Rosalind’s “News, Gender and Journalism,” she mentions the idea that news is simply a “cultural product that reflects the dominant cultural assumption about who and what is important determined by race, gender” and more. It is a product of what society would most likely listen in on and absorb. It’s not about the terrors that wouldn’t interest people, or the problems that so many are facing because it doesn’t fit into the “current news values” that is being portrayed at that time. According the topics that appear in the news, they have to be relevant to what other people are going through in order for a relation and interest to be made. It also would be beneficial if it includes, what certain celebrities are wearing, whom they’re sleeping with, and what sports players are having an affair. In a world where so many are struggling and need help, it’s the artificial things that take over our news screens or pop up on the bottom of our TV screens as ground breaking news. It’s hard to escape the world of media in a time where it surrounds us every which was we go, however the results of the movement it’s making need to improve.
A part of the reading that I found extremely interesting was when Rosalind mentioned woman broadcasters and the judgment they can face. When a woman is brought on-screen while reporting an event it’s no longer about what she’s saying but what she’s wearing and what she should be doing instead. Rosalind mentions in her piece that when a woman is seen reporting in an unsafe area it’s no longer about the topic she’s trying to bring attention to, but the disappointment in the audience that women would choose to be in this dangerous zone instead of caring for her children (because all women must have children and the reporter is purposefully risking her life to not be with her kids anymore, right?). It’s a loose, loose situation for woman because if they stay home with their kids than they’ll be judged by some for being a stay at home mom, but if their not with their kids and working than their being judged for not spending time with their kids. While men are allowed to go to work without feeling guilty for it society wants women to feel guilty for not being with their children 24/7. Women deserve to work, and just because they do it doesn’t mean they love their kids any less than a mother that choose to stay at home. I think it’s important to still have a sense of self after having children, if men get to have that than so should women. The idea that the woman has to be more of a present parent is not fair.
Jennifer Pozner’s, “Reality Bites Back” explored the tropes in which women are placed into on reality TV shows. This article made me feel very uncomfortable because the lengths reality TV shows will go to show woman as, “catty,” “manipulative,” “stupid,” and “incompetent” are pretty disgusting. Why the shows are called “reality TV shows” I won’t ever understand. Nothing about them resembles a reality close to mine or any of the people I know. How our society could use the women in these “Real Housewives” show as a representation of who woman are is disrespectful to all woman, even the woman in the shows. What shocks me most is the fact that most of the women on these shows have children, and their children inevitably hear everything their mothers say in the show and see the drama that follows the group of woman in each episode.
These shows aren’t actually a “reality” the producers find a way to make these woman fit into the different tropes of reality TV. However, no one is forcing them to continue to be portrayed this way. I have no doubt that these women are great mothers to their children, it just disappoints me that they would let themselves be shown like this for fame and money when it’s not sending a good message out for their kids or the other kids that come across this show. It comes back to the whole argument of “well this is just entertainment.” If this is allowed to be entertainment, and beating women in wrestling matches is allowed to be entertainment than should there be greater rules of what’s allowed to be entertainment?