What would be the stereotypical roles of women in the media today?

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Of course, the answer to this depends on what portrayal of women is (in your mind) a stereotype and what is an accurate portrayal of a type of women.  In other words, if the media portray women in some particular way, it is up to you to judge whether that is an example of negative stereotyping or if it is reality.  So stereotypes are in the eye of the beholder.

Here are some common stereotypes, though (ones that many people say are stereotyped):

  • "Supermom" -- the woman who has a career and children and handles both effortlessly.
  • The nasty aggressive woman -- this is someone who really wants to get ahead (in politics or business or whatever) and acts in ways that women "shouldn't."
  • The sex object.  The woman whose main purpose is to look hot, no matter what role she's playing in the movie, the show, the newscast, or whatever.

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