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Lead characters on prime-time television programming are overwhelmingly male. Women are more likely to be shown in supporting roles, as love interests, or otherwise trivialized in mainstream media.
Researchers who study media find that girls and women are more likely to retain interest in a show with a male in the leading role than men are to retain interest in a show with a female lead. As a result, most prime-time programming caters more to male interest to hold maximum viewership. What this means is that boys and girls are expected to look up to men, and boys should have the choice to be able to avoid looking up to women in powerful roles.
Recently, the movie Brave came out and some parents were concerned that their male children wouldn’t be able to find any strong male characters to look up to.
Tumblr user quixoticandabsurd makes a great point: “…nobody batted an eye when I was little and walked out of the theater after seeing Toy Story proclaiming, “Woody is so cool! I want to be just like him!” Nobody cared that I was a little girl looking up to a male character. Not a single person would have been upset if I wanted a Sully toy, or if I admired Simba more than Nala. No parents said to their daughters, “No, I’m not taking you to see Up! because there’s no females for you to look up to!” Because as long as it was men being awesome, parents decided that our kids could see through typical gender stereotypes. They decided, “my kid can learn something from this film even though she is a girl and that character is a boy.” But as soon as the roles are reversed everyone is up in arms about it.”
Also, male sexual gratification is certainly being catered to on television. Female characters are almost exclusively beautiful and thin, young, and for all of their “career-girl nonsense,” are totally in love with the men of the show. Female homosexuality is hardly ever depicted on mainstream television, or when it is it is often shown as a trait among girls in wayward, drug-abusing crowds. Meanwhile, men are left to go about their stoic business, characterized by more than just what they look like and who they’re sleeping with. Male characters are more fleshed-out and defined, whereas female characters are often similar to dolls with swappable heads and career outfits - a lot like Barbie!