Representations of women

Concern regarding representations of women in media have focused on the lack of representations in comparison to men and the narrowness of the representations, for example the ways in which women are often depicted in relation to other people – as wives, girlfriends, mothers, and so on. The focus on women’s bodies and appearance and upon the pleasures to be found, by women, in being desirable to others have also been a subject of concern. In relation to sexualization there have been concerns that we have moved from a situation of women’s bodies being ‘objectified’ to one where women are expected to want to be attractive and sexy ‘for themselves’, whilst still policing their appearances within narrow constraints.