My report is looking at how teenage girls are represented as promiscuous. The successes of teenage girls for their futures are measured on how much male attention they can get and to do that they have to flaunt their bodies and act promiscuous. Those portraying teenage girls like that will make them teenage girls feel as though they have to do the same to be able to get boy attention. This is a bad thing as they are represented negatively. This will change the way teenage girls look at life. They are looking up to bad influences and because these media texts are shown everywhere it will always be in there mind. It will be the image they have; what’s expected becomes true in future. This is not just shown in New Zealand they are portrayed like this everywhere all over the world. The texts I have chosen as proof of this stereotype and the representation of the teenage girls are Mean girls Directed by Mark Waters (scene of Halloween party), Guess girl the perfume ad that was found in Seventeen Magazine, Last Friday Night by Katy Perry (Music Video), American pie directed by Paul Weitz (the scene of the Beta House competition) and Shortland street-Television program. These texts all show and explore the idea of how the success of teenage girls for their futures are measured on how much male attention they can get and to do that they have to flaunt their bodies and act promiscuous. These are all shown through costume, dialogue, actions and performance.
Mean Girls Directed By Mark Waters (Halloween party scene)
The successes of teenage girls for their futures are measured on how much male attention they can get and to do that they have to flaunt their bodies and act promiscuous. The film Mean Girls is a perfect example of this. There are four main characters in the film Mean Girls. One of the main characters is Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan). She is a 16 year old girl that has returned to the United States after residing in Africa for 12 years for their families’ research. Cady had been home schooled her whole life, and she experienced her first school day a public school. Cady began to be portrayed as the new kid, she had no friends and she was very unaware of how teenage girls act towards each other and males. After beginning to become part of the plastics of the school, the way she is represented changes. From a smart new kid Cady started to change herself and was becoming more self-obsessed and had to look good the way the plastics did. This was shown through the way she looked at herself and the way she made herself up to be something she wasn’t. The three members of ‘The Plastics’ are Regina, Gretchen and Karen. They all have very clear views on what is appropriate to wear and on appropriate behaviour. They are the ‘popular’ group of the school and at the top of the social pyramid. Regina George is represented as a very promiscuous character. Her costume, miniskirts and tight tops shows that she dresses to get male attention. Cady becomes more and more like the plastics. She begun to wear tight, revelling costume that the plastics wore and she started wearing makeup. As soon as Cady started acting and wearing promiscuous clothes she became noticed. This shows that she got the success of being popular as she was getting more male attention.
In this clip from the film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rarqDa6_T-g we see the scene where Cady was invited to a Halloween party. Because she had never been to school before she didn’t realise that Halloween wasn’t the Halloween she was thinking; scary costumes. She turns up to the party wearing an x wife costume; she didn’t look sexy at all. The boys around her were giving her the rudest looks. The plastics turn up with their sexy costumes that flaunt every part of themselves making them look promiscuous. The boy Cady had started to get feelings for did come up to her at the start, but in the end Regina George got the attention that Cady wanted. Regina is on top of the social pyramid in the High School. All the boys think she is amazing in every way. The simplest move of a kiss to a male and she has got them. The popularity that males would get for going out with Regina made them fall to her knees. The male attention she got no one could compete with. By the end of the night she had got the man Cady wanted. This scene shows that Regina got the guy as she was looking promiscuous and was acting way more forward. The success she got was from that male attention. Earlier in the YouTube clip you see all the promiscuous costumes that the girls chose to wear. The setting of the party is very chilled and everywhere inside the house are teenage girls dressed in promiscuous costumes. They are all drinking and some people are smoking. The teenage girls in this film are all trying to succeed and to do this they are trying to get male attention. The way they flaunt and show off their bodies is just for male attention. The fact that Cady wasn’t as confident as Regina and that Regina could get her way with basically any guy she was able to get him. Regina is very good at talking her way to males, and this is why in the film she is the most dominate one as she is the one that can get the male attention and very easily. She is a very perfect looking girl; got the body, face and the personality that a male looks for.
In the film, the teenage girls are represented as the more popular you are the more male attention you can get. But to be popular you had to have the look that was unreal. Popular girls are represented not just in this film but all throughout the media to be perfect in every way. They are often seen to be snobby and that they are the best in school. You had to be good looking, promiscuous, perfect looking but in reality no girl was that perfect. It makes girls feel as though they have to be popular and act promiscuous and be perfect for them to get any male attention what so ever and in these films to get male attention it means success. In society these days no girl you look at is perfect looking and personality wise. Its making viewers of the media feel self-conscious so they try becoming who they are not born to be. Girls don’t need to be promiscuous to get a boy. This message is not putting a good thought into teenage girl’s minds. In reality everyone is successful in their own way and that does not depend on how much male attention they can get. Teenage girls cannot escape the expectations to look pretty, sexy and it starts from a young age as it’s shown everywhere. In the wide world it will affect teenage girls forever. It’s something they have grown up around as media is such a big thing in life these days. The media produces and directors have their own ideas of different representations of teenage girls but those all reflect on the social needs and aspirations of individuals, groups or anyone in society.
Seventeen Magazine- perfume ad (Guess Girl)
Advertisements shown to society are to entice buyers. Teenage girls are proven to work in enticing buyers to buy their product. The way teenage girls are portrayed in advertising changes the way society views teenage girls because of the way they are shown to be trying to get male attention. The successes of teenage girls for their futures are measured on how much male attention they can get and to do that they have to flaunt their bodies and act promiscuous. The way they are represented change the role in society of teenage girls. Teenage girls are surrounded in images of female’s beauty in general that are unrealistic and unattainable. Most advertising is a disturbing as they give the trend that gives our stereotypes that make up most of the representations of themselves which teenage girls see in the media. This creates a pressure on teenage girls as the media increases the tendency of how the portray young girls in very sexual ways. This advertisement is a teenage girl dressed in woman clothes. The camera angle is looking up, she has wounded facial expressions and a vulnerable poses.
This advertisement shown in the Seventeen Magazine is about a perfume- Guess Girl. On this add there is a teenage girl in the background of the perfume. The girl is gorgeous and looks perfect. She is wearing a tight body con dress that’s extremely low cut and revelling to her boobs. Her facial expression isn’t a kind of face that you would use in reality to sell a perfume. It’s a very sexual expression she has and her body positioning is very sexual. The fact that she isn’t even holding the perfume makes the add more about her physical appeal not the perfume itself. The way they are representing this teenage girl is making girls feel as though if they were to buy that perfume they would look like that, but in reality that’s not what would happen at all, it just would create insecurities.
This shows the aspect of how success is measured on how much male attention they get, and to do this you have to be promiscuous. This girl is being very promiscuous and it will attract males straight away. She will get male attention by that advertisement but that perfume is not going to make males more attracted to teenage girls in general just because in the advertising the girl is very appealing to the male eye. For the model in this to be successful she has to show off her body, do sexual movements in her shots and have very revealing costume to be successful. Girls want male attention and through this advertisement it will make teenager girls feel as though that perfume will make them look like that and therefore be able to get the male attention they want. It’s falsely advertising the product and trying the producer is trying to sell the product by using the girl as an object. In reality girls aren’t more attracted to buying a perfume just because the girl is looking perfect and promiscuous in the advertisement. They know they won’t end up looking like them. The media has tried to use the teenage girl and the way she is physically looking to pull the girls in to buy the product. The intended purpose is to sell the perfume and advertise it to young teenage girls. Worldwide everything in the media has been altered to help the influence the way the audience understands the world around them.
Last Friday Night Katy Perry- Music Video
Last Friday Night by Katy Perry is about a Teenage girl who hosts a party. She is a complete nerd, has braces that’s joint to a head brace, she has glasses and the most unattractive clothes on. At her party she isn’t noticed and boys just look at her and push past her. She sees the most attractive guy ever but only the nerdy boy looks twice at her. So her friend does her up, removes her head brace, takes off her glasses, puts makeup on her and dresses her in a tight bright outfit with her hair down and all of a sudden she’s like a different person.
The moment she is looking her best and has the male attention she feels successful. She begins to have a good time and has more confidence. The boy she thought was attractive was now showing her all the attention. This music video shows that success is measured on how much male attention they get, and to do this you have to be promiscuous and good looking. This media clip shows that also her being successful is also measured on her happiness. She doesn’t feel happy with herself until she gets the success of the male attention.
When Katy is walking down the stairs after getting a makeover, she is smiling and has a bounce to her step. Straight away the boy she wanted looks at her in shock and walks straight over to her. This shows that the makeover to her physical appearance made her get male attention. The only time she got male attention was after the makeover. As soon as she was looking good physically she was able to get the success of the male attention she wanted. The male that she wanted from the start only gave her the attention once she was looking the way he represents a good catch for himself. He didn’t give her any attention while she was looking nerdy, this gives the idea to viewers in society that only the good looking, and popular girls can get the guy they have always wanted. She begins to have a good time and starts to join in with the fun. Her getting a top score on the dance Wii game on the TV shows that she is starting to become successful. The fact that she is drinking and looking good makes her become successful. She pulls promiscuous facials throughout after she starts to enjoy herself. The setting is in a big house where there are heaps of people; this shows that she is being successful with the amount of people there. Everyone is drinking, this is representing not just how for girls to get attention they have to look good physically but also that to have fun you have to drink. As soon as she starts feeling good she begins to drink, the feeling that the only way to have fun is to drink alcohol but it’s not like that at all.
The media is making teenage girls feel insecure as they aren’t all perfect looking girls. Media makes girls feel self-obsessed on how they always have to fit the body image that is portrayed everywhere for teenage girls. The representation of teenage girls that success is measured on how much male attention they get, and to do this you have to be promiscuous and good looking is shown in this video very clearly.
.American pie- Beta House directed by Paul Weitz (the scene of the pool party)
The movie American Pie- Beta House is a movie that goes through the life of teenagers at university. The boys are represented as all they do is go to parties, get drunk and get with girls. In this American Pie there is a massive competition that goes on between the Beta house and the geek house. They have many different events that led up to who won. This clip of the film is one of the many competitions that they have to do, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID5phFJH8bs. This competition is all about what girl is the most successful to make the boy get excited by acting promiscuous and lap dancing on the boys. The girls are portrayed as sexy, good looking girls. The teenage girls we see are sexy, pretty, perfect and promiscuous, they are always showing off and flaunting there body’s. The sexualisation of girls is showed through sex appeal- being promiscuous. All these actions are just to get the male attention that they are set out to get for the success. In reality most teenage girls aren’t any of these representations, yet they are still successful.
The girls are distracting male viewers as she is being very sexual. The camera is focusing on her breasts and her bum. They are wearing very little clothing. This image is seen by many teenagers across the world due to its publicity and being on YouTube and also through the film. The girls are shown to be “Sexy” and it creates an idea in teenage girl’s heads of what they need to look like and act like to be seen as “Sexy”. It also puts an idea in male’s heads of what they want girls to look like so they create an image of what girls need to look like so they try to act like this to impress guys with these expectations. Teenage girls want to impress guys as the most male attention they get means how much success they get.
These teenage girls are casted as being promiscuous. They have the characteristics of being easy, immoral and being extremely loose this is shown through the movements and costume. The teenage girls are moving their bodies on the males very sexually and rubbing themselves on the males. This is giving teenage girls the image that they are easy and that every teenage girl would do that. The movements they do by flaunting their bodies and doing sexual actions on these males is making them feel successful as they are getting this male attention they want. But actually this attention they are getting isn’t what in reality should or does happen. Tight cropped tops and short miniskirts or shorts may get the attention but it wouldn’t be the male attention that girls in reality would really want. The actions of these girls on this clip explain everything. Them being promiscuous and flaunting there body’s by doing sexual movements make them feel successful as they get the male attention. Teenage girls watching this film would feel as though they should be able to do those movements and have to act those ways to get any male attention. Different groups in society would take this scene differently even though in reality it’s very different to the representation they are portraying. In reality university is not like that at all. They don’t have competitions on which guy gets more excited by female attention and girls don’t act promiscuous and wear those kinds of clothes in public. Society isn’t like that, girls don’t feel comfortable walking around in little outfits not covering their body. If they did walk around wearing cropped tops, tight tops, tight skirts or shorts they would not fit in. It may get the male attention for a little while but then they would get a name for themselves. It’s very unrealistic the way they are represented in this film. Girls at Orewa College don’t have to act promiscuous at all to get male attention. There are couples all over the school and it doesn’t have anything to do with girls having to act promiscuous and dress inappropriate to have the success of having male attention. Every girl has their inner and outer beauties but it doesn’t have to be shown the sexual way.
The teenage girls in American Pie are shown to be objects, like sex objects. That all they are good for is for the male use. They are the object that has to get the male excited. The fact that all the media/produces objectify teenage girls to message that their worth is found in their sexual appeal, the results of this can be negative. It can lead to eating disorders, anxiety, fear and self-conscious teenage girls. This clip from American Pie is showing objectification as it has provocative dance, male gaze and close-ups on body parts. Girls start to think and treat themselves and their bodies as objects of other male’s desires. Sexually objectifying images of teenage girls are viewed everywhere in the media. Girls will start to observe their physical selves and learn to treat themselves as objects to be looked at from their appearance. Teenage girls will start to constantly asses there body in an effort to standards and attractiveness.
The producer is a male, the way he has made this film you can tell that it’s a male as he represents girls to be very sexual. The way he has made the movie is his representation of his view and ideology of teenage girls. The film is watched by many people and this is how the representation is spread as the way he represents teenage girls will be affecting the viewer’s negatively. The opinion of produces will change the way they think about something and that’s when teenage girls are represented as their success is measured on how much male attention they get, and to do this you have to be promiscuous and look sexy.
Shortland Street- 21:06-22:20- TV program
Shortland Street the New Zealand series on television is all about day to day lives but they spice it up a bit and put more dramatic things in there to keep people interested. It’s based at a hospital and the people who work there, it’s their everyday life. In this clip between 21:06-22:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVGurXyCZ8Y Dania has always wanted to be a model and she thought that for her to able to have the successes of modelling is to act promiscuous and show off her body. She came onto the man that owns the modelling company as she thought that if she gave him anything he wanted that she would be able to model. Her costume that she was wearing was a low unbuttoned top with her red laced bra popping out of her top, also she was wearing a tight bodycon skirt that’s leopard print. Her costume shows that she is trying to show her body off and that she is trying to impress a male by wearing promiscuous clothes. The way she is slowly unbuttoning her top is very sexual, she’s trying to get his attention to gain the success to get what she wants. “I really want to be a model, I’ll do anything”, this use of dialogue that the director has used is to show that she is prepared to have any sexual actions towards a man that’s around about double her age to just get the success of something she wants. Dania’s performance when she’s sexually stroking his face and assuring him that she would do anything for this success is showing that for girls to get what they want they have to act promiscuous. It is negatively representing all teenage girls as they will all think that success is measured on how much male attention they can get and without the male attention you wouldn’t make it.
This clip from Shortland Street is relating to the representation that success is measured on how much male attention teenage girls can get, and to do this you have to be promiscuous, sexy, pretty; pretty much the perfect girl that a guy would want. The fact that Dania is represented like this will affect the audience. This is will make teenage girls think they have to do that to get the success of something they want. They also give the idea to girls that to be a model you have to act sexual and promiscuous to be able to get the job. Older people watching will be affected as they could get the idea and think that all teenage girls are like this as they are negatively represented. Males In society will start to think that all girls will do anything for them sexually to get something they want, the success. This negative representation can be taken by different groups in society in different ways but the fact that it’s a negative representation it will be a negative effect. This representation actually does happen in the world. The modelling world is a lot different. Some girls get pressured into doing sexual and promiscuous things to get the success they want, as the media portrays and represents it that way. It causes the domino effect as it just passes down to the many more girls in society. In reality it does occasionally happen but it’s shown way more in the media in general making people in society think more negatively about it than it is.
The way the director of Shortland Street has chosen the selection of omission material is to show the representation of this character, and to give the audience an idea of what she is like as a character. The producer/director of Shortland Street would have the ideology of this representation in their opinion of life. They would have put this in the program to spice it up and make the program that little bit more exciting.
In my chosen texts they show that teenage girls are represented as being promiscuous. Their goal is to get boys attentions! Success is measured on how much male attention they get, and to do this you have to be promiscuous, sexy, and pretty much perfect. It represents teenage girls negatively. My chosen texts show that not only in New Zealand teenage girls are represented like this but also in country’s all over the world. Teenage girls are represented negatively and it’s a shame. My texts are examples of the representation and how the stereotype has been portrayed. We are shown this through costume, dialogue and performance. It has shown that how some characters wear tight revelling clothes, which shows that they are trying to get the male attention to bet the success. Some of the characters are seen doing sexual performances. The actions and performance they are doing shows that they feel as though they have to act and move in sexual motions to get the success and male attention. The one aspect that was shown throughout all texts was that all the teenage girls were acting or shown to be very sexual and promiscuous. This was shown through costume, dialogue and performance. The negative representation affects teenage girls in a bad way. It represents them to always need to act promiscuous, be sexy and perfect to get any male attention and to be successful. People will view them as that stereotype and it will affect society especially teenage girls. This could mean that teenage girls could get thought as in the completely wrong way and that all girls would be classed as the same stereotype as it’s so common in the media. If a teenage girl was to wear a tight outfit of any kind they could straight away get judged as a promiscuous girl just trying to get male attention. The media is responsible to represent and portray teenage girls in the media. Most representations are over exaggerated and used to get more views on the media so more of a profit for the directors. My chosen texts in the media are proof that they all have a big impact on the society as they are “real people” in normal everyday situations and settings. This will have a bigger impact because it shows more reality of the representation. “Teenage girls are represented as being promiscuous. Their goal is to get boys attentions! Success is measured on how much male attention they get, and to do this you have to be promiscuous, sexy, and pretty much perfect” is shown throughout all my texts. This is a negative impact as teenage girls are shown all over the world to be like this and it will make people think that teenage girls in general are like this. This is a false representation and the more it is shown around the world the more people will view it seriously and stereotype all girls to be the same.