Sunday, February 12, 2012
Parenting With Style
Each article worked to incorporate how issues surrounding gender exist within all aspects of the media industry. Specifically, within “The Magical Vulva of Opportunity,” the reader is given a firsthand look upon how gender inequality exists among writers of television shows. Pamela Ribon describes her experience of being a minority in the television industry, solely because she is a woman, and how she must work extremely hard to overcome the stigma that surrounds her. When she is told that she is only a “mid-level female writer” it significantly affected her self-esteem, so much so that she felt the need to express her feelings through her blog. Through one individual’s comment to another person, it can significantly impact their self-confidence and self-esteem levels. This scenario made the “Sabrina, The Teenage…?” article resonate with me once again. It reminded me of how the media can have such a strong influence on viewers, and we as the audience are unknowingly affected by these messages every day. Though Sabrina may not have known she was impacting many teenage girls during the time of the show’s airing, she was a positive role model for many.