• Adhere to all MLA 8 guidelines, including a Works Cited page. The Works Cited page should include 1) the text you are analyzing and 2) the two credible research articles
• Length: 800-1000 words
When we talk about gender, we are not speaking about the biological sex of an individual (i.e male or
female); instead, gender is a cultural construct that is attributed to a person’s sex (i.e. what makes someone “a real man“ or “ladylike“). We learn these cultural constructs directly via our families, peers, and friends, but we also learn them indirectly through media. In fact, research shows that media images directly impact our behaviors.
Everywhere we look, we are bombarded with images that attempt to shape how we define masculinity and femininity. We see this in social media, commercials, films, tv shows, literature, and music, just to name a few. For this assignment, you will analyze a text of your choosing to consider how the media reaffirms or challenges gender stereotypes.
Here’s How to Begin:
1. Think about how your own ideas of gender are influenced by the media
-What books, movies, or television shows did you watch growing up? In what ways did those shows teach you about gender?
-Who is your favorite musical artist? Listen to his/her/their work to see how gender stereotypes are being reaffirmed or called into question.
o Look at current advertisements (commercials, print ads, etc.). What do they say about being “a lady” or “a real man”?
o Go to your Instagram feed and see how masculinity and femininity are being portrayed there.
2. Select one specific text that reaffirms or challenges gender stereotypes.
o This text can be a social media post, #hashtag, advertisement, music video, piece of artwork, literature, television show, movie, news broadcast, etc.
3. Provide an analysis of your selected text.
o How does your text reinforce stereotypical notions of masculinity/femininity?
o How does your text challenge stereotypical notions of masculinity/femininity?
o If someone outside of our culture and society were to look at your text, what would they think we value when it comes to masculinity/femininity?
o What are the keys to being the ideal man or woman, as indicated by your selected text?
4. Incorporate, at minimum, three credible research articles to further enhance your critique and interpretation. These questions will help guide your research:
o In what ways does the genre reinforce stereotypes of masculinity/femininity?
o In what ways does the genre challenge stereotypes of masculinity/femininity?
o What are the consequences of media perpetuating these stereotypes?
Open for topic ideas.