Enough already with all the stereotypes of women in the media. It’s time for the media to stop being lazy and think outside the box for a change. Women, just like any other group of people, are multifaceted and multidimensional; we are capable of being more than the sex kitten, the bitchy boss, the Stepford wife, the angry black woman, and all the other cliché roles we are typically pegged into. Now, these roles are not necessarily innately good or bad, however, the problem lies in the perpetuation of these roles and the lack of balance and diversity in the representation of women.
Photo Credit: New York Film Academy
The above infographic reveals a glimpse of the gender inequality issue in one component of the media, the film industry. These issues are just as apparent, if not more so, in advertisements and television as well. News flash media execs: WE ARE MORE THAN OUR BODIES! Yes, our bodies are beautiful and sexy, but there’s more to women than our sexuality. We are complex beings with talents, ideas, and voices that should be and need to be seen and heard from various perspectives.
I want to see more women in lead roles in TV shows and movies. I want to see women portray powerful characters. I want to see women supporting each other when I turn on my TV instead of women depicted as seeing each other as competition. I want to see female characters who have hit rock bottom, but through faith, hard work, and persistence, they eventually find their way to the top (and not because a man “saved” her). I want to see minority women headline major blockbuster films and also cast as the love interest. I want to see me, I want to see you, I want to see us; women in all our glory: the good, the bad, and everything in between.