Friday, July 18, 2008


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!


Charles Ramsey said...

I am glad that you have a lot more to say and I want to hear it. You are right about the images that give men the sense that they can have the "go ahead" and only see women as objects rather than thinking and bright human beings.

Now you will have a different appreciation for images that portray women in this way. I hope that you are having fun and realizing the importance of coming back to Richmond with a fresh approach to school.

Take care.

Charles T. Ramsey
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District

Madeline Kronenberg said...


It sounds like you have a very well designed class and that everyone in it is getting the message.

I hope you will be able to bring this back to Richmond High School. I'm sure you can see how important this information is -- to everyone.

The media messages are ultimately hurtful to young women. Thanks so much for this post. I'm looking forward to hearing more.