Final Project Proposal: Women Representations in Media

For this semester, I want to research portrayals of women in media, specifically how women are sexualized and objectified in various forms of media. Women are trolled on Twitter, constantly being objectified and judged based on their gender whenever they are speaking up or voicing their opinions. Moreover, it is difficult to find film portrayals of women characters who are independent and empowering. Many films, video games, comics, and more media forms struggle to pass the Bechdel Test, meaning that there are very few appearances in popular media of two women discussing something other than men. I want to learn more about the psychological effects of these media portrayals and the ways in which they influence young women who are consuming this media.