Posted by: arianeleigh | October 21, 2012

The Celebrity Effect

The media can be so hard on women, so critical. The word “slut” has become too frequented in our everyday vocabulary and encourages the criticism of women when they dress or act like the media has taught them.

A recent article in the Huffington Post titled, “Trampire: Why the Public Slut Shaming of Kristin Stewart Matters for Young Women,” describes the scrutiny on Kristin Stewart for cheating on Rob Pattison.

Celebrities embody ideologies of achievement, masculinity and femininity and of familial and romantic relationships, O’Shaughnessy and Stadler said (O’Shaughnessy 434).

The media attacked Kristen for cheating on Rob Pattison, calling her a slut and giving her the name “Trampire,” but what message is this sending to all young girls?

Nico Lang of the Huffington Post addresses how Stewart’s one bad decision has caused an outrage among the media and public.

“But for young women, the culture of slut shaming that the Kristin Stewart scandal represents won’t go away. I might not be concerned for K-Stew, but I am concerned for all the young women today who are tuned into this scandal, ones who are learning that it’s not okay to screw up, ever. Chris Brown can publicly beat the hell out of his girlfriend but still be played on the radio and win Grammys. However, if you ever cheat on your boyfriend, your life is over and no one will ever want to be associated with you,” Lang said.

While Ashton Kutcher cheats and still holds his place on Two and a Half Men, Stewart’s contract has been dropped from the sequel for Snow White and the Huntsmen.

Recently on the radio, I heard mention that Pattison may currently be cheating on Stewart… but that would be justified right? Karma or revenge perhaps?

According to O’Shaughnessy and Stadler, the actions of celebrities create the social norms of society.

Should we blame the celebrities or the media for the effect on society’s social norms?



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