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Don’t let the media control your life

BEN OLSEN | Scroll Illustration

BEN OLSEN | Scroll Illustration

Meghan Trainor’s music video for song “Dear Future Husband” was released March 17, but it didn’t come without its criticisms.

In the video, Trainor delves into the stereotype that has shadowed women for decades.

She is in the kitchen scrubbing the floor or cooking for most of the music video.

The lyrics, “If you’ll treat me right / I’ll be the perfect wife / Buying groceries / Buy-buying what you need” from her song imply that is what a woman should do to be a good wife.

The media portrays false, stereotypical gender roles that we are exposed to every day.

We are told — or shown — how men and women should behave and treat one another.

The media has conditioned us to accept sexism — but most of us probably don’t realize it.

Young girls look up to Trainor as a role model, and they her video and song could lead them to believe that buying the things their husband needs will make them a perfect wife or that all they should worry about is getting married someday.

Young men and women everywhere are exposed to sexism in the media via music, TV shows, movies, ads and probably even their own social media outlets.

Saturday Night Live did a sketch mocking sexist Super Bowl Ads the night before the Super Bowl to address this issue of sexism in the media.

The mock ad was for a Totino’s Super Bowl Activity Pack for Women.

The fake product is meant to keep women from getting bored while they wait in the kitchen to make more food for their men who are watching the Super Bowl.

This sketch was meant to address the sexist nature of the majority of the commercials we see on TV — women always making food for the men or men having to take control of their women. These ads are highly offensive to women, and men for that matter.

Sexism is a two-way street. While it seems to occur more frequently towards women, men face the dilemma, too.

Men are typically portrayed in sitcoms as dumb, lazy and arrogant. They are supposed to represent the average male citizen.

But that isn’t fair to the average male citizen.We can probably all think of someone who might fit this stereotype, but it isn’t a good representation of every male person.

While some TV shows and movies might be straying away from these stereotypes, we still see it, and it affects those who watch it.

People surround themselves with many forms of media, and it influences them without them even realizing it.

Many guys have made the joke that a woman’s “place” is in the kitchen cooking or cleaning. And sometimes, the girls listening to the jokes just laugh along with it.

When we allow these jokes to occur, are we just openly allowing sexism to take place? This is just a product of the media we surround ourselves with — to believe that it is OK to behave this way.

We need to be able to distinguish fiction from reality to avoid subjecting ourselves to the media’s false portrayals of the sexes.

It is important to recognize and be aware that sexism still does happen. Many people probably think we’ve gotten past that, and while it’s true that the world has come a long way in the past couple of centuries, we now face these issues on a completely different level.

Be aware of the media you consume and the affects it might have on your perceptions of gender roles and sexism.

Know the differences between fiction and reality, and have the courage to stand up and decide for yourself what you should, or shouldn’t, be.

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