See How Sexist the Media Was Against Women—and Men—in 2014

Looking back at the year when women were told to show off their derrieres and men were told to grow a pair.
Jan 5, 2015·
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

Prepare to squirm uncomfortably in your seat, ladies and gentlemen.

While there was a lot to celebrate when it comes to gender equality in 2014—the world's most prestigious award, the Nobel Peace Prize, was won by a girl last year—there have still been plenty of facepalm moments of open sexism in media in recent memory.

It's not just women who are victims of ridiculous gender standards.

Who can forget the Carl's Jr. burger saleswoman, dressed in little more than a bikini and the greasy after sheen of the sloppy feast she consumed, or that time a conversation about forced oral sex led CNN's Don Lemon to remind us that our mouths have teeth.

These stories come and go, and The Representation Project has done a great job capturing numerous moments that made feminists cringe at their screens. The project's mission is to help us overcome limiting gender stereotypes in media by examining how women were marginalized on screens big and small.

Men are victims of gender stereotypes too, the video says, pointing out that to be a hero, men typically need to be unabashedly violent and machismo, as mandated in ads.

"The media's limiting stereotypes hurt all of us: women, girls, boys, and men," said Jennifer Siebel Newsom, The Representation Project's founder and CEO. The group wants to use this year's video and its upcoming documentary, The Mask You Live In, to examine masculinity in American culture. The film debuts at Sundance Film Festival later this month.

"The Representation Project exposes these harmful stereotypes fed to us by mass media and pop culture and asks the public to join us in challenging these dangerous stereotypes," Newsom said.