Media tagged Gender Inequality

Wives and Girlfriends of Professional Athletes (WAGS) reality tv show - the WAG hierarchy

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This video promotes E! network’s reality television show WAGS (wives and girlfriends of professional athletes), which premiered in August 2015. In this clip titled “Inside the Fabulous ‘WAGS’ Lifestyle,” the wives and girlfriends of sports stars describe the culture of the wealthy and glamorous lifestyle, including the social hierarchy of women and how they are valued. The women in the clip describe this hierarchy with the “Queen WAGs,” or wives at top of the hierarchy, then fiancés, then girlfriends, and at the bottom, as one woman puts it, “and then, there’s just hoes.” Another woman talks about how some people call her a “jersey chaser” because she would rather date a professional athlete than a “regular” man. The clip ends with the women saying that all of these women in relationships with the male athletes are essentially striving for being engaged and married to famous, successful male professional athletes.

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"Woman Up" T-shirt

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Taken from the company website in 2015, the image above shows a model wearing a fitted black t-shirt with the words “Woman UP” printed across the front in bold, black lettering. The tee is sold by U.S. based woman’s athletic and active wear clothing company, Lucy.

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Women in Election Coverage

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This infographic was produced by an organization called The 4th Estate, whose mission is to create visualizations that detail who has a voice in newsmedia. As they describe on their website: "The 4th Estate collects data from a sampling of news stories from US national print outlets, TV broadcast and radio transcripts covering the 2012 election. These stories are contextually analyzed and broken down by topic, sentiment and newsmaker. The data for this graphic includes quotes and statements from newsmakers who provide subjective insight. Statements from candidates are not counted."  This work specifically looks at the gender breakdown of those who were quoted in major news outlets during the 2012 election on topics related to "Women's Issues" during the campaign, including abortion, birth control, the Planned Parenthood organization and women's rights in general.

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You Look Disgusting

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"You Look Disgusting” is a short video made by a beauty blogger (My Pale Skin's Em Ford) illustrating reactions she received when she posted images of herself with and without make-up on social media. Ford received comments from over 100,000 viewers, and the video has been viewed over 7 million times within its first few days online. Without make-up, she was inundated with comments calling her disgusting and hideous. She proceeded to cover her acne, contour her face, glue-on false eyelashes and plump her lips with gloss. This version garnered comments applauding her glamor, exalting her perfection and asking her beauty secrets. At the same time, she was also criticized for false advertising, applying too much make-up, and presenting a misleading front.  

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