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as a warrior, her sexuality is still highly emphasized. Newspapers and television news reports on women tend to rely on traditional feminine characteristics: women are described by their looks, age and number of children they have. This is the case even with accomplished women, such as the two most recent female Governors General; news stories focused on these women’s style, glamour, and exoticism, while undermining their accomplishments. It was noted that men, on the other hand, are described according to their occupation or political affiliation. Media advertising also tends to be gender-specific, aimed at either males or at females. This is particularly the case with television commercials featuring toys; the toys are matched to the type of show: Barbie dolls or male action figures (boys do not play with dolls). The concern with these commercials is that they shape children’s ideas about what children shouldplay with. In sum, media representations of men and women tend to reproduce conventional gender stereotypes and prejudices. (pp. 408–410)3.Depictions of violence are very common in the media. While news shows and dramas depict various types of violence, even pundits on some stations such as Fox News, while not physically violent, are certainly combative of those whom they perceive as opponents. Many efforts have been made to evaluate and measure the effect of these depictions on actual
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12behaviour. While researchers agree that there is a short-term effect of media violence on behaviour—especially children’s behaviour—it has been difficult to prove that long-term predispositions to violence result from long-term exposure to violent media. It is unclear how much violent media contributes to actual violence, compared with other social factors such as childhood trauma, poverty, and unemployment or racial discrimination. In sum, it is difficult to disentangle media effects from other social influences. According to Canadian psychologist Jonathan Freedman, there is no empirical support for the argument that watching violence either produces violence in people or desensitizes them to it. (pp. 412–413)

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