Past and present image use


For my final project I chose to explore how current depictions of women in the media were built upon past portrayals of women. In most cases the basic representation of women remains male-oriented and secondary because traditional ideas of gender roles haven’t become obsolete. Using examples of how images used in religion and mythology continue to exist another form today, in my paper, I argued that because our understanding of images today is built upon past representations, most portrayals of women continue to express the same attitudes regarding the views on their bodies,  independence, and success.

These attitudes are expressed through metaphors, anecdotes and fiction. All of these formats use the image on some level. To understand or see things from a different perspective, a different interpretation is needed. This means that symbols and classic story telling formats have to reflect the complexity of human cultures and not reduce female characters to examples of sin or submissiveness.


Works Cited

Harding, Elizabeth U. Kali: The Black Goddess of Dakshineswar. York Beach: Nicolas-Hays, 1993. Print.

Bronner, Stephen Eric. Twentieth Century Political Theory. New York: Routledge, 2006. Print.

Douglas, Susan J. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media. New York: Times Books, 1994. Print.

Gaiman, Neil. “Reflections on Myth.” Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art Dec. 1999: 75-84. Print.


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