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Stereotyping Love.docx

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SOC 103
Chris Gibbs

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Stereotyping Love
Nowadays, love has been stereotyped in a huge manner. There are three main ways
in which love is stereotyped through the media. Firstly, they show that when you fall
in love, it becomes your number one priority. Secondly, that love strictly consists of
a male and a female and lastly, the roles that the male and female must play. The
first example of love being stereotyped is that love becomes your number one
priority. Love is portrayed to be an incredible passion in which nothing can come
close to being comparing to it. It’s like there’s one person in the world that can make
you feel like a million bucks! Your relationship consists of amazing kisses, no
arguments or bickering and having romantic dinners every single night. This
stereotype drastically misrepresents love. Love is about feeling comfortable and
happy around your partner. It’s normal to have a few arguments and you should not
always be looking to impress your partner; it shouldn’t be a difficulty. The second
example of love being stereotyped is the “straight” couple. In the media, there’s only
the male and the female. Gay couples are shown very rarely on TV, in movies and
other sources of media. There’s nothing wrong with being gay. However, it is
stereotyped that it is. The media seems to poke fun at it and make jokes out of it, but
in reality, sexual orientation is not a joking matter. The final example of love being
stereotyped is the role of the male and the female in the relationship. Not only is
love stereotyped to be a straight couple, the role that the male and female should
play are also stereotyped. The man must be stronger, taller, older, more powerful
and more successful compared to the woman. Basically, the man should be all
around “better” than the woman. This can put a lot of pressure on a man to meet
those fairly high expectations, but realistically, a man doesn’t have to meet those
expectations and they can still find their partner! In conclusion, love in the media
has been stereotyped in an immense way as it is expressed by the examples above.
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