Essay on Gender : Through The Other Side Of The Screen

1364 Words Apr 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Gender: Through the Other Side of the Screen.
A woman in a music video is often referred to as a Video Vixen. The term vixen typically elicits the thought of a temptress, who is aesthetically stunning, with long luscious hair, thick thighs, toned limbs, large breasts, and equally fitting derriere. Stereotypically, her apparel is very minimal complemented by high stiletto shoes to emphasize her half-naked hourglass figure and voluptuous silhouette. She is the object of sex appeal for men in the music video and treated as a prized trophy for possession. To the male viewer on the other side of the screen, she is mesmerizing, with her glossy and pouty lips, and deep penetrating eyes as if she were requesting a private encounter with him. Through these actions, she has convicted herself to the male as an object of sexual gratification with no sense of self. Concurrently, he has molded these insights of female behavior and physique as proper roles for all women to emulate. For instance, in Robin Thicke’s, music video “Blurred Lines”, featuring T.I. and Pharrell exemplify typical gender stereotypes that contribute to society’s expectations of gender roles by sexually objectifying women, its assertion of authority and prestige of men, and suggestive lyrics. One video-vixen flagrantly becomes the focal point of interest for the men in the music video as she exhibits behaviors affirming to sexual objectification, in order for her to gain validation, is acceptable at her expense. She…

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