Choose either:

· A character or group of characters from a book, tv show or movie

· Lyrics or themes found in certain songs or music

· A media figure, like someone in the news (likely the hardest) – Political figures, celebrates…

You are going to examine how this character enforces or goes against common stereotypes, roles norms regarding either: a. Race and Ethnicity b. Sex and Gender


I. Who or what are you examining, and where are they/ it from? Tell me a little about their background …

II. What stereotype, role or norm do you think this example enforces or goes against?

III. Why do you think this example enforces or goes against this stereotype, role or norm.

IV. What effect if any do you think this example can have on those who watch or use this form of media?

V. What is your opinion on the use of the example in this way?

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Examining Figures in Media Sociologically – Keeping up with the Kardashians

In this paper I will write about the Kardashian family, a rather dysfunctional family that is featured in a reality TV show called Keeping up with the Kardashians. The Kardashian family members are sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, their brother Rob, mother Kriss Jenner and their stepfather Bruce Jenner. Keeping up with the Kardashians is on air since October 2007 and is one of the most watched reality programs in US. The reality’s main focus is life of the Kardashian women, in most cases Kim Kardashian, the daughter of Kriss Jenner and Robert Kardashian, a deceased attorney. Kardashian sisters are born and raised in California, and they got widespread popularity after Kim’s sex tape leak back in 2007.

The Kardashian family example enforces sexist and chauvinist gender stereotype on women. In Keeping up with the Kardashians women are portrayed as sex symbols and trophies to be won. The given norm is that physical appearance is the only and the most important tool for advancement in women’s personal and professional life. Kardashian girls are promoting romantic relationships and high level of emotional attachment with men as one of the top priorities in woman’s life....
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