A general stereotype that is proclaimed by the media is that the female role is of the ditzy, attractive and sexy woman that is used to create tension between herself and another co-star: for example, in the earlier seasons of the big bang theory; Penny which at the time was the only female cast member. (Huffpost, 2017)
Although trough out the years the female role has developed into independent woman this is no so true in the eye of media, yes, some films like wonder woman, Kill Bill and The Avengers (Black Widow) show that there can be an independent, strong and smart female lead role but this isn’t the case of most films where the female is usually helpless like in Spiderman where Mary-Jane is always the damsel in distress.
Some of the more common Stereotypes in the Media are:
- Woman are always Sexy, Thin and pretty (Always focused on their appearance): A general Focus point when casting a female character is that she is thin, petite with a beautiful bronze natural skin tone and an amazing figure. Although most woman are nowhere close to that description the media still portrays them as so.
For example the princess diary’s; When Mia found out she was the heir to the throne of Genovia the first thing she did was get a makeover.
This proving the stereotype for Mia to fit the role of a princess she must look a certain way with a face full of makeup, hair totally changed and no glasses.
- Weak (Physically and emotionally): Sometimes no matter how much woman work they still get portrayed as weak one movie shows just that “little red riding hood” by Catharine Hardwicke in it, the actress Amanda Seyfried’s role is of quiet and pretty girl who is torn between two men will she marry the man of her dreams or the man her parents arranged her to marry? As the movie is set in medieval times did not have a choice to say no and her only other option is to run away with her one true love.
As she is being chased by a Man-Wolf after he already killed her sister as she waits to be rescued all she does is weep, walk from one place to another, reapply her makeup and hope she doesn’t die. (The guardian, 2017)
According to some studies it shows that The Lgbtq+ community in Hollywood needs some improvement in movies, If Hollywood wants to stay relevant it must develop and have much more leading Lgbtq+ roles when casting out of 126 major releases in 2015 only 22 had characters identified in the Lgbtq+. (Los angeles times, 2017)
Some stereotypes that involve the Lgbtq+
- When casting a member of the Lgbtq+ they are usually gay feminine white males that are in fashion or theatre: 77% of active Lgbtq+ roles in movies are males therefore 23% are Lesbians and 9% are bisexual. Research shows that only 8.5% of gay roles are black where as 72.3% of gay roles represent white actors. There is nothing wrong when you express femininity but how Hollywood makes it seem that all gay males are like is wrong. The movie legally blonde amazing but it gave in to the stereotype that all gay men are fashionistas and work in fashion, More movies such as “Clueless” and the “birdcage” have the same effect. (Girl, 2017)
- Butch lesbians are aggressive, violent and don’t have boundaries: in this movie called “Foxy Brown” there is a scene where Foxy gets into a fight with an aggressive butch lesbian because any self-identified bunched lesbian is looking for a fight with a straight man. Not all lesbians use hypersexuality for a way to get close to a straight girl for example in bitch perfect Cynthia Rose clearly has the personality of a predator and predicts that all lesbian woman are sexually frustrated and need a female right there and then as she is shown to touch woman’s part without their consent. (girl, 2017)
(2017, December 20). Retrieved from The guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/mar/08/pathetic-female-film-characters
(2017, decmber 20). Retrieved from Huffpost: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-lantagne/gender-roles-media_b_5326199.html
(2017, december 20). Retrieved from Los angeles times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-glaad-studio-lgbt-20160502-snap-htmlstory.html
(2017, december 20). Retrieved from girl: http://www.gurl.com/2015/08/04/movies-with-lazy-lesbian-stereotypes/#1
(2017, december 20). Retrieved from Girl: http://www.gurl.com/2015/08/18/offensive-gay-stereotypes-in-movies-media/#1