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Is Reality TV Ruining Our Perception of Women?

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Modern television has been incredibly varied in its portrayals of women in recent years. More and more we are seeing strong women represented. Women that don't exist solely for men but have their own powerful story arcs. These women are becoming more diverse in their sexuality, gender expression, race and more. There is, however, still a lot of the age-old stereotypes of the damsel or the woman that exists as a love interest. These traits even exist sometimes in characters that are supposedly strong and capable, as they end up being thwarted or saved by men at the end of the day and thus cannot be without men. Reality TV stars are even worse as the women are crafted to be very extreme in all aspects, particularly in their sexuality, aggressiveness, and lack of sense. While TV has made more positive contributions to depictions of women that deserve recognition, there are still strides to be made, particularly in Reality TV and how a woman's sexuality and femininity is portrayed and the messages that are sent with that.

Reality TV can be particularly harmful to conceptions of women as women are often depicted negatively within this genre which we are taking to represent real women. Reality TV makes its viewers believe that it is normal for women's sexuality and life to be open to the public for viewing and discussion. Take Blac Chyna and her relationship with Rob Kardashian, featured on the show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. After Kardashian blasted Chyna online as well as posted nude photos of her, Chyna came in with her own accusations about Kardashian abusing her. Instead of supporting Chyna, many chose Rob's side, ignoring the fact that Chyna is a victim and assuming she simply wanted attention due to the fact that she used to be a stripper and that she was on this show. It is very harmful to women when we assume that they are not telling the truth based off the fact that they participate in shows like this, as well as wrong that people assume they know or that they are entitled to know Chyna and her business just because they get to see into parts of her life.

To play devil's advocate, sometimes there is a reason that women try to put out an overtly feminine image. How many powerful self-made businesswomen do we see that didn't need to use glamour as often in our patriarchal society this is preferred to make women appear less threatening. On top of having to work hard as a woman to be successful in this world, women are subject to societal pressures to look like models and to not push too hard so that they are not perceived as a threat in a society that favors men. In this way, I think that while shows like KUWK do not necessarily positively portray women, the show does make for an interesting critique of what we as a society value in our women who are trying to work and maintain relationships just as we all do.

Ultimately I do not think Reality TV depicts women in a very positive light which is unfortunate due to the fact that this type of television is what we equate real life to being like. Reality shows depict women as dramatic, self-absorbed, bitchy, and with a purpose that lies in physical appearance. While this does bring up interesting points about our societies values and can highlight areas of society that needs more change, I think much of Reality TV paints women in a negative way that leads to negative views of women by its viewers and is not the type of media that we should idolize or put too much focus onto.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.
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If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...


1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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7 Of My Favorite Quotes Ever

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" -Robin Williams, one of my favorite quotes about words and their power.

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I've always found myself drawn to poetry and books, quotes and words. It's such a beautiful thing to find words that resonate so deeply with my soul. Words, whether from books or songs or people, have the power to awaken emotions, develop dreams, and stimulate the imagination. The seven following quotes have stuck with me and deeply moved me in one way or another.

1. "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet" -Stephen Hawking

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The entire quote is a bit longer, but the same message of appreciating the beauty of this world still stands. The stars and just the universe have always been a calming and inspiring presence in my life, reassuring me that life is beautiful; we exist in this big beautiful world and get to experience all these little things, like looking up at stars in the night sky.

2. "You're only given a little spark of madness; you mustn't lose it" -Robin Williams

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Robin Williams is one of my biggest inspirations. I truly believe that he influenced so many people with his love, kindness, and warmth, bringing smiles to millions. This quote reminds me to hold onto what makes me unique and different, and also to fully embrace that.

3. "In the end, we'll all become stories" -Margaret Atwood

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This quote is super inspiring to me, because it's basically a reminder to live your best life. Live a life that would make a wonderful story and one you would want to read.

4. "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart" -Winnie the Pooh

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Ok so yes, Winnie the Pooh is actually so profound. The books and movies were my childhood favorites, so the quotes are very interesting to read now since they have such deeper meaning to me. This one specifically echoes my deep love for the happy little moments that make life better.

5. "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you" -Coldplay (Yellow)

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Another quote about stars, because I just couldn't resist. Stars and the night sky truly are magical, and the fact that we are so small in this universe makes everything seem better. It's a nice thought that the stars shine for us to see.

6. "Thanks for the adventure - now go have a new one!" -Disney Pixar's "Up"

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"Up" is definitely one of my favorite movies ever. And this quote perfectly illustrates the way I wish to live, from adventure to adventure. Life really is a series of adventures, where we meet new people and see new sights, learning all the way.

7. "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light" -J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series undoubtedly changed my life, and this is one of the most meaningful quotes found in those books. It's quite a straightforward quote, but the idea of finding happiness and making the best out of life with an optimistic perspective strongly resonates with me.

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