Gender Stereotypes In Australia

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Upon looking at the various statistics derived from the programs - Home and Away, QandA, My Kitchen Rules and Summer Heights High – it revealed that certain portions of the Australian population were over represented. The following information discloses the similarities and differences between the demographic makeup of Australian TV and the latest ABS statistics. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the proportion of females to males is roughly equal- 50.6% to 49.4% respectively. The Gender makeup of the various TV programs show that both genders over-represented with only the Australian mockumentary Summer Heights High’ showing an accurate depiction of the country’s gender balance. Traditionally, mockumentaries intend to display a proper illustration of society to give off a greater sense of reality. My Kitchen Rules is heavily dominated by females, with almost 60% of contestants identifying with this sex. This could be directly linked to the general appeal of cooking to females. Other shows had a dominance of males in its cast, with only 43.1% of Qanda and 42.9% and Home and Away classifying as female. The non-census average shows that there is no major difference in the way genders are represented in TV culture, with males only making up a slight majority of the figure – 50.85%. These…show more content…
Almost all TV shows analysed, showed no representation of the unemployed populace, concluding that this section of the population is not accurately portrayed in the media. Nonetheless, QandA had around 10% of its characters categorised as ‘unemployed,’ which is almost twice as much as the general population. This was the only show which was not scripted or acted, which accounts for its inclusion of the people without a job. The non-census average shows that 2.6% of persons were unemployed reiterating the premise that they are exceedingly undersold in the mass

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