So far I would say that today was the best day, besides the ropes course. In class today we talked about women in media and how they are portrayed. We learned that in many ads there would be pictures of women posing in a way that proved the stereotypes to be correct. I noticed that almost every picture with women in it had nothing to do with the product. The media puts an image into the mind of young girls that the only way they can be beautiful is if they were 80 pounds. The truth is only five percent of our population is actually that size, and the models that they consider as plus size are actually just right.
We had to make a collage of images in magazines that we thought were positive and negative towards. It was a real eye opener because I never really noticed that each picture depicted a message of women being vulnerable or having sex appeal. With these images everywhere it is giving men a reason to say that "we deserve whatever is coming to us". We all know that no one deserves to be raped, beaten, killed, or harassed. I will add more later because I have a lot more to say!
The 2017 Vanderbilt Cohort Has Been Selected
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