The sources selected for my final research paper address the gender issue focusing more on the gender inequalities faced by the female gender. At first, I was excited as I knew that I would learn the different roles played by women and cultural expectations based on the efforts made by women to fight for equality in the distribution of roles and responsibilities. However, the analysis surprised me as a lot of research had already been done to uncover the negative treatment and how women are portrayed in the media. I was annoyed at how the media portrays women but current strategies implemented will influence the media production team to the right path in ensuring equality between the male and the female gender (Kaufman & Sumerson, 2015).
In the current generation, women are still struggling to be where they are as a majority of the positions and roles are held by the male gender. The society is still viewing women as the inferior gender with the expectations of the women to take up household responsibilities with the corporate roles set aside for the male gender (Kaufman & Sumerson, 2015). The article on the impact of the television on the young women of Fiji baffled me since I was aware television was all over the world and the effect it had on the girls’ body image and eating disorders was intense to me. It was surprising how the girls judged themselves based on a foreign culture (Becker, 2004).
Learning about different cultural practices has helped me to better understand how narrow-mindedness and prejudice constrict diversity, as culture is important in people’s lives as it influences their views and their values (Parvis, 2013). Due to this, it is important to understand different people have different cultural backgrounds and it necessary to understand their perspectives to improve our relationship with them (Parvis, 2013). A bias that I have about the female gender is that I have always viewed women to be inferior as indicated in the community where I come from. Women are left at homes to do house chores where the men are expected to take more superior roles as indicated in the media. The media is just passing on what individuals have picked from most societies. Everyone’s views are different as people have different experiences, which shape their opinions (Parvis, 2013).
A problem I might have in looking at my own culture from an etic and another culture from an emic perspective is that I do not think that I will be able to fully understand different perspectives and opinions from different cultural backgrounds (Parvis, 2013). This includes the reasons why they view women as the inferior gender while they are capable to do what men can do. It is difficult to explain things which I am not able to understand and I think this is an issue I will need more research to be able to understand the different perspectives from different cultures. Looking at another culture from an insider perspective is not easy as it is difficult to understand their culture, as I have not been part of the culture (Parvis, 2013).
Becker. A. E. (2004). Television, disordered eating, and young women in Fiji: Negotiating body image and identity during rapid social change. Culture, Medicine ; Psychiatry, 28(4), 533-559.
Kaufman, J. C., ;Sumerson, J. B. (2015). Editors’ introduction to the 2015 Special Issue, Gender Stereotypes in the Media. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 4(1), 1. doi:10.1037/ppm0000071.
Parvis, L. (2013). Understanding cultural diversity in today’s complex world. Erscheinungsort nicht ermittelbar: Embrace Publ. et Consulting.