Hi everyone, welcome to my blog! I’m pretty new to blogging and I still have a lot to learn, so thanks for visiting!
I started this blog because I have been interested in the way the media affects our perceptions of women, as well as gender roles. My interest became more serious after I served in the Peace Corps, where I had the opportunity to work with women in a setting that was quite different from what you find here in the United States.
That said, despite the most obvious differences – economics, education, and opportunities – I found that women in both countries struggle with gender roles. I’ll be the first to tell you that the struggle is more intense in places that are categorized as “Third World” or the “Global South,” (issues that I might discuss in a separate blog in the future!). However, I think the essence of the struggles is the same – roles prescribed unilaterally by society that box women in, and don’t necessarily have their best interest in mind.
In the US, and the other “industrialized nations,” I believe that the media has had, and will have an even greater, influence on gender roles in society. There are a ton of studies out there on how often we are barraged with images of women, whether it is on TV, Facebook, magazines….I liken it to static that you can never turn off. I believe that this constant exposure has a negative effect on women, as well as men. It creates distorted expectations by men, which has a direct impact on women.
Hence, I created this blog. I hope I can make this a forum for genuine dialogue on the stereotypes of women that surround us, the impact they have, and what we can do about it. Men are encouraged to participate. I don’t think we can have a discussion on this topic without men being involved.
That said, thanks for checking my blog out, and happy reading!