Study distracts from real issues by citing “The 100,” other shows as examples of women’s violence on TV
Sigh…. When women’s issues get convoluted just for political gain, I get really annoyed. Sadly, a recent study by the conservative Media Research Center did just that. The study was conducted in response to Hollywood celebrities’ stating that they stand for better treatment of went. Apparently this is a terrible thing to say (??) and MRC set out to prove them wrong. (By the way, this is my second post for the #WomensLives initiative. If you like anything in this post, just highlight the sentence and you can share it on Facebook or Twitter!)
Look, although I consider myself Libertarian for the most part, I tend to lean conservative in a lot of things. So don’t misinterpret this as some “liberal blog” bashing a conservative study, because it’s not. But this study, at least from the parts I’ve been able to read, is muddying the waters of women’s issues by politicizing everything in the name of proving Hollywood celebrities wrong.Study about violence against women on TV misses point entirely #womenslives Click To Tweet
Let me cut to the chase. The study involved watching primetime shows for a week (yes, a huge sample size right there /s) and recording the number of times violence was depicted against women. But… these incidents were recorded in a complete vacuum. They didn’t record what else was going on in the show or the show’s premise. They simply recorded the number of violent acts against women (129) and declared victory against Hollywood.
One of their top examples? The 100. Yep, one of the most female-empowering shows currently on TV was cited as a BAD example of violence against women.
As this FOX article states: “The very worst shows are the ones aimed at younger viewers.” Then it goes on to describe in detail an incident on one episode of The 100 where a woman was tortured. And the article adds: “During the program, young women were shown trapped in cages to be used for medical experiments.”Misleading study actually says #The100 portrays women badly. What?! #womenslives Click To Tweet
This is one of my favorite shows and I can definitively state that the study’s examples are very misleading. (SPOILERS if you haven’t watched up to the latest episode!) First, men and women were trapped in cages in the scenes they mentioned, and men from the same groups were also brainwashed into becoming mindless cannibals. So yeah, women didn’t have it worse. Oh, and the woman they describe as being tortured? Lots of men were treated the same way.
The 100 is a post-apocalyptic show where its very premise is about how TERRIBLE life is on the ground (on Earth.) Men and women suffer. A man had to be killed recently so he would not be burned alive. There’s no “women are treated worse” on this show. Everyone suffers equally. But guess what? The women are in huge leadership roles on this show. The entire race of humans who managed to survive on the ground are led solely by women.
The fact that this study cites The 100 as a bad example makes me doubt the entire study.
And that’s a problem. There are real issues that women are facing right now. But misrepresenting television shows in order to prove a point against Hollywood celebrities runs the risk of muddying those issues. It could make people very skeptical about the real issues because these other issues were over-exaggerated and pulled out of context. The study actually hurt the very issues it sought to help.
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