Essay on Violence against Women on Television and in Movies

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Violence has made a home in American society. Since TV shows and movies provide a large source of entertainment for Americans, networks and Hollywood find themselves constantly competing for viewers. As the competitions heat up, so does the content shown on the screen, but some of that content as struck a nerve with people. The large amount of violence, and more specifically violence against women, portrayed on TV and in movies has people taking action to clean up the screen.
Violence: The Facts and Figures Americans have experienced a great increase of violence on TV and in movies throughout the years; unfortunately, violence against women has escalated more. A study conducted by the Parents Television Council in the time span from
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Simply stated, most women faced brutality from someone they knew, and knew well. This poses a problem all on its own, but the real problem exists in the fact that in many real-life situations, women experience violence from someone close to them. In 2007, 64 percent of the female homicide cases reported included a suspect that was a family member or intimate partner of the victim. A spouse, or ex-spouse, killed 24 percent of the victims, 21 percent were killed by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and 19 percent by another family member (Catalano 1-7).
Horror Films Started It All
To find out why so many of the TV shows and movies people watch contain so much violence, and violence against women, it is important to take a look back to where it all started—horror films. The horror film genre started in the 1930s, and the early films such as Dracula and Frankenstein used monsters to scare their audiences. As the years progressed, so did the subjects of horror films. The 40s saw a switch from zombies and werewolves, to insects and aliens as the source of fear for audiences. As the 50s came along, television started to become more popular and gave movies more competition for viewers. Teenagers with money and free time became a larger portion of moviegoers, and Hollywood had to do something to keep them interested. The 1957 film, The Curse of Frankenstein, was one of the first films to show blood and gore. Even though

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