Saturday, January 10, 2015

Are "Hot" and "Successful" Synonyms?

Upon searching "female news anchor" on Google, I got the following search results:

"Top 10 Hottest Women News Anchors"

"Top 10 Hottest Women News Anchors Around the World"

However, when I searched "male news anchor", the results were far different.

"List of CNN Anchors"

"List of NBC Personalities"

Even from just a basic Google search, the gender discrepancy is very clear. A search for "female news anchor" yielded results related to their image and ranked them in order of how "hot" they were. However, when searching the same thing for males, the results were what one would have expected, just a standard list of news anchors.

Women are recognized on television for looking "hot" not in terms of their talent. Their profession has become not only to broadcast news, but also to be "eye candy". It is ridiculous that in America today, successful females, such as news anchors, are being judged on how attractive they are in lieu of how good they are at their profession.

Unlike women, men do not have to fill this criteria of being "attractive" in order to broadcast news. Someone in class brought up how a male news anchor from Australia wore the same suit for one year and no one noticed because no one pays attention to the appearance of male news anchors.

The news anchor who sported the same suit for a year, Karl Stefanovic, said, "'I'm judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humour - on how I do my job basically, whereas women are quite often judged on what they're wearing or how their hair is. Women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up.'"   Stefanovic's quote clearly supports the idea that women are not being judged for the right reasons. Men are being judged on how well they execute their job, while women are judged on their appearance. If one women were to wear the same dress for a year, everyone would notice without a doubt. It might even cost her the opportunity to be included on the list of "Top Hottest Women News Anchors"...what a shame!

1 comment:

  1. When we were giving our TV Tokenism presentations in class, there was one thing that I found interesting about how a lot of people presented the women. Most times the women were described as being pretty, or being "eye candy", like you said, as if that was the reason they were on the show. I think that that is very demeaning for women, because saying that is basically saying that all they are good for is their looks.