Much more than Meteorologist putting on a Cardigan

By Carelyn Tiburcio on May 20, 2016
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Meteorologist Liberte Chan was told to put on a cardigan on live television. Yes, this actually happened while Chan was giving her weather report. The news channel received many emails complaining about Chan’s dress. The majority of emails were negative comments towards Chan’s attire. There were a variety of complaints. Some of the complaints described Chan as just leaving a cocktail party.

This type of criticism is unnecessary and uncalled for. Is that really necessary to do? Who actually takes the time to email a news station to complain about a meteorologist’s dress? Shouldn’t those people be focusing more on what she has to say rather than what she’s wearing? Is society automatically focused on the appearance of a woman rather than what she has to say or present?

Coincidently, my research paper for my English class was about women in the media. In my essay, I described how there are very few feminist changes happening in the media. Yes, there are now stronger roles for women in film and television compared to media in the 1950s. Yet, the media still sets a certain image for women. This certain image influences everyone and sets standards for women everywhere.

Have you ever looked over at a magazine stand and seen headlines like “Kim Kardashian’s shocking weight gain” or “10 ways to get a better butt for the summer”? Notice how these magazines specifically target women. Women, and especially young girls, that read things like this will think that their body has to look a certain way otherwise, they will get criticized. And sometimes they do criticized by people who believe in the media’s standards. They become self-conscious and it may turn into serious problems.

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Also, as a woman myself, I was made to believe that the way I looked mattered more than what I had to say or do. Watching television made me believe that. It also lowered my self esteem to watch actresses that were the media’s definition of “beautiful.” Society and the media trained me to believe that I had to look and act like them in order for others to like me.

Telling Liberte Chan to put on a cardigan just shows how society and the media are still not over displaying women a certain way. Society and the media should change the way that women are being displayed so that future generations don’t learn their ways.

 

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Carelyn is a student at Florida State University. She is currently pursuing a degree in Public Relations. During her free time, Carelyn enjoys trying new recipes and pinning on her Pinterest boards. You will most likely see her playing with puppies.

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