2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

"Drowning Ophelia": Ridding Media of Gender Stereotyping
Samantha N. Boudria
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Drawing on Susan Bordo's "Hunger as Ideology," this paper will examine the stereotypes of women presented by the mainstream media and the effects of these negative portrayals on both genders. Further, I will explore the complex relationship between the media's power to turn our collective psyche into something physically destructive to womens' health while still maintaining social acceptability. The true quandary, this paper will argue, lies in the fact that otherwise intelligent, rational women allow themselves to believe the media's claims of what is desirable simply because it is presented in the sleek format of a movie or a magazine. How can we learn to avoid buying in to the seductions proffered by the advertising industry?

Keywords: women, food, self-image, gender issues, media influences, Bordo


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 19-1
Location: VH 1320
Time: 10:00

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