A Paradox.

Ayla Acosta

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/10/american-housewife-has-a-weight-problem/503510/

In the above article from The Atlantic, Garber writes: “Progress: The ABC sitcom cast a non-skinny actor as its lead. Setback: It made her character obsessed with her own body.”

NEWSFLASH: Women are obsessed with their bodies. This might be ironic to say, but the media has made us obsessed with our bodies. “So don’t make shows about women who obsess over their bodies”  says Garber (probably). But then that would not provide an accurate depiction of women during our time. See the paradox? It is the same paradox that television has been dealing with from the beginning: Creating a representation of a society that either is currently existing or should exist.

Seems like no matter which road we take, someone will have their toes stepped run over.

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2 Responses to A Paradox.

  1. mediaphiles says:

    Agreed. I think everything is so subjective and political these days it’s hard to see anyone ever finding common ground. People are always going to have their different views and interpretations and I suppose all we can do is either be part of the solution or part of the problem.
    Kendall Fischlein

  2. mediaphiles says:

    This is extremely insightful. I completely agree, that paradox is so true. The media has successfully made us all obsessed with our bodies, so isn’t that an accurate depiction of us? But, if we want to break that cycle, don’t we need female characters who aren’t concerned with body image? I hadn’t thought about it that way. Great post. – Karly

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