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0px Times; font-kerning: none}span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}For this final paper, we’ve decided to focus on the Harvey Weinstein controversy and accusations of sexual assault from a feminist perspective. The stigmatization of women has been persistent through the years and the way we are portrayed in the media contributes a lot to it.

In the media, women have been objectified and their sexuality is used against them. Undoubtedly, there has been some progress since the gender roles have been clearly defined but “the move toward equal media representation of women in general and feminism specifically has fallen far short of feminists’ goals.” (Beck 1998). However, the media has had a somewhat positive  in portraying women in the media and sharing their successful accomplishments. In this case, the negatives outweigh the positives. In the following, we will discuss the media’s representation of women, in general, and why sexual assault victims are always being satirized.  As we live in a patriarchal society, where those at the top are men, their power is due in part because of the way in which they portray women as an object and use them to sell their products.

“In the media world portrays women constantly but ignores the overall context of patriarchy, male domination, systems of racicalized inequality, and, above all, capitalism, we are provided a very skewed and limited sense of what “female agency” is” (Farell 1995). The culture itself has become sexualized by creating the exotic presentation of women and that is frightening. “Girls and women are interpolated as the monitors of all sexual and emotional relationships, responsible for reproducing themselves in desirable heterosexual objects” (Gill 2007) The females are advertised as posing beautifully or sexually with the product and they know it’s something that a consumer is not going to resist. All of these factors have led to women  also becoming more obsessed with their body. The body is presented simultaneously as women’s source of power and as always already unruly and requiring constant monitoring, surveillance, discipline and remodeling…” (Gill 2007) It’s scary how this has become and it underlines the power that media has over it’s female constituents.  The media is guilty of promoting “sexual violence” by promoting females as sex objects and it’s often treated as humor. With such a big influence to transform our culture, why isn’t this behavior being condemned and not promoted? It’s no wonder that sexual assault victims are never taken serious. When the female accuses the male, she’s always categorized as someone who is “seeking attention”.

We’re always criticized for our actions even if we truly are the victims. The reason the majority of the victims are silent is because they feel that they will be scrutinized and blamed for it and they always are. Our culture condemns the victims instead of listening to them.

There is no doubt “that rape myths dominate press reporting of sex crimes, which suggests that outmoded attitudes play a key role in American popular culture” (Sanday 1993) and it also reinforces male dominance.  Let’s take for instance, Harvey Weinstein. One of the most successful film producers has been accused by over 80 women of sexual assault. In October, the New York Times was the first outlet to publish the story detailing the long history of allegations and the coverups that he did. Among the actresses, Rose McGowan was the first one to stand up against him. 

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