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This level of interaction with media confirms the reliance of the audience on the information provided on these mediums. This paper aims to analyze the effects of media violence and sexual exposure on children and women.
Media, which may give fame or may defame any particular group, thing, sport, news or place, has apparently underrepresented the participation of females in business, sports or other events (Perse, 2001 p. 167). More and more advertisements of male sporting events, business success stories and academic achievements have been broadcasted. However, less or no consideration to female athletes, high achieving students or business champions have cut off the interest of sponsors, viewers and general population. This shows the discriminated portrayal of women in media and advertisements. If we use sports as a field where women are discriminated, a claim which may be helpful is the fact that less advertisements and support is provided to women sporting events. Women are not only facing difficulties in proving their distinct identity in the sports world but the media misrepresentation is also putting their actual image at a great risk (Bartsch et al., 2000). They are represented as young, slim and sexy women instead of making them known for their professional athletic qualities. Portraying them in their swimming costumes (instead of their sports uniform) and interviewing them about their marriages and personal issues make it more difficult for women to prove their existence in the sports world as great athletes. Media represents them as a symbol of fashion or beauty. Their image is spoiled by making scandals in the context of drugs involving their husbands (International Herald Tribune). Although sexual discrimination has been reduced on the official level, yet the society does not accept women equivalent to men. Media still is continuing with this discrimination in one way or the other. This
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In short, domestic violence is an act or behavior used by a person in a relationship to take control over the other. Even though domestic conflicts often occur between husbands and the wives, some of the recent reports have shown that it is taking place between parent and child, brothers and sisters, between siblings, between children and grandparents etc.
The societal violence in the United States has enveloped family lives as well. Violence creeps quietly and firmly into living rooms via television and its contents. This source misguides its viewers in adopting unrealistic and cinematic use of violence in real life situations in homesteads and outside.
Parents and educators continue to stress that the damage violent media inflicts on children will continue into adulthood. Multiple studies have demonstrated that violent media makes violent adults. This problem is larger than just turning off the violence.
Behaviour is culture based and mediated by the norms and values of the given culture. The devaluation of women by a culture could create an environment where violence towards women was acceptable in the context of the culture's hierarchal views. In addition, just as social norms are learned and passed from one generation to the next, so are other behaviours learned and justified through intergenerational transmission.
According to a widespread survey, 57 percent of American TV programs between 6 A.M. and 11 P.M. contain violent scenes. In fact, most TV violence does not show victims experiencing any serious harm, and few programs condemn violence or depict other ways of solving problems.
The author of the paper states that domestic violence does not occur within a certain ethnicity, race, religion or economic status, it prevails everywhere. In most cases the abuser is male as stated by the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), and usually the female or a child is the victim.
The author would also like to increase the awareness of other people regarding the cases of abused children.
From what the author learned from the research, he gained a deeper understanding and sympathy towards