Influential Media (Final)


Project Summary

Women have been manipulated through the media for decades. Women have had to deal with sexism for hundreds of years but with the advent of television, the social quo has been able to change and adapt quicker than ever. Susan Douglas states in her book “Where the Girls Are” that women have been told by the media how they should act and what to do.  That patriarchy is being reinforced and feminism gets a negative connotation. It’s almost as if the freethinking woman is an endangered species. After  briefly looking the early days of television, all the way up to modern times, where as Ms. Douglas said “girls are defined by their bodies”, I found that not only is the media  setting forth ideas of what women should be, but the problem is much more widespread than I anticipated. The media doesn’t discriminate against its target which is all women. It’s a bit disturbing to see young girls facing the same problems that grown women face. It’s a shame young people have to grow up today in a society that demands perfection and a media that exploits the anxieties of people especially women. Another aspect of the project that really had an impact was doing it as a video and looking at all sorts of footage. Its one thing reading an article or book with statistics but when you can put a face with the numbers and hear their stories it hurts. It was very difficult watching what is going in the world when it shouldn’t be happening. Also learning about the “dark side” of beauty pageants was an unexpected surprise but turned out to be very enriching to my project.



1. Susan Douglas, Where The Girls Are, (New York: Random House, 1995).

2. “Out of Wedlock.” Christian Century, April 17, 2013, 16.

3. Tiggemann, Marika, and Suzanna Hodgson. “The Hairlessness Norm Extended.” Springer Science. (2008): 889-896.

4. John Berger , Ways Of Seeing, (London: Penguin Books, 1973),.

5. Haas, Cheryl, Laura Pawlow, Jon Pettibone, and Dan Segrist. “An Intervention For The Negative Influence of Media on Body Esteem.” College Student Journal. : 405-415.

6. National Eating Disorder Association, “” Accessed March 24, 2014.

Clips From

7.= “Married… With Children,” Web,

8.  “Seinfeld,”  Web,

9.  Rogers, Fred, “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” It’s You I Like, Web,

10. Threes Company

11. I Love Lucy

12. The Honeymooners

13. I Dream of Jeannie

14. Bewitched

15. Leave it to Beaver

16. All in the Family

17. The Jefferson’s

18. Dynasty

19. Charlies Angels

20. Murphy Brown

21. The Cosby Show

22. 2013 Miss America Pageant

23. The Big Bang Theory

24. Two and a Half Men

25. Gossip Girl

26. Big Brother


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