“Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us” by Linda Christensen
In Christensen’s article “Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us,” she argues that our society, especially the young, are persuaded and culturally corrupted by the media’s representation of specific stereotypes.
Christensen makes a strong point that the media gives a “secret education” to our children. This education of stereotyping and the delivery of unhealthy messages that the media is permeating into young minds starts very early and confirms the ‘myth” about people who are “different. ” As much as we, as society, want to ignore this truth , and “stay ignorant about them and happy” we must understand that the role of women, men, people of color, and heavy people are blatantly being negatively depicted in all forms of the media. Shockingly, even in the innocent venue of the cartoons our young kids watch. Cartoons like Daffy Duck, who portray women as sexy, voluptuous characters to “look” at, and in Popeye in which Christiansen recalls an episode that depicts Popeye dragging Olive Oyl through the desert by a dog collar. She argues that this representation disrespects women and encourages racism. Other venues include Disney movies that are notorious for portraying white America as the heroes and heroines. Her articles also discusses that young people, especially young girls, are given a distorted view of reality as a result of the media’s influence. This leads to unhealthy messages and prejudice views and conceptions. Two specific distorted myths: “Happiness means getting a man, and transformation from wretched condition can be achieved through consumption, in their case, through new closes and new hairstyle.” These myths add to the unrealistic idea of happiness.Discussion Point: In what ways is parental influence to blame for the "Myths that Bind Us."