This overshadowing of women's actions by their appearance has become a fairly frequent occurrence, exemplified in many other articles. The dominant theme and headline of the article shown to the right is a wardrobe malfunction of celebrity, Heidi Klum. This article doesn't adequately recognize the heroic action that Klum took, and instead focuses on what she looked like while she was saving two lives. Is her appearance in this situation really that important? Isn't the priority here saving people's lives, not preserving your own appearance?
|A headline regarding actress Amy Adams is rewritten.|
This one-sided description of women may be due to a lack of acceptance of women's accomplishment. Both these women accomplished great things, 5 Academy Award nominations and saving two peoples lives, and in response, people find fault in their appearances. This picking at unimportant matters could be meant to draw away from the action that the women is performing, either because people just can't accept that a woman is accomplished, or that people feel threatened by their achievements.
To me, this also shows that is valued in a women the most: her appearance. Do matter what great thing a woman will do, she must try to look as pretty as she can. Such thinking draws away from the pursuits of women, and demands that appearance be the focus of women's energy.