A lot of people ask about the relationship of media and the family, and it is obvious that there a very little study about their correlation. In this part, we will show evidences showing that the media influence the view of the audience regarding family. In the beginning, family is perceived to be an institution composed of a father, a mother and the children. However, this view gets more complex as viewers are exposed to the media. According to Bandura’s Social Learning Theory, viewers, especially the children, tend to imitate the roles of men and women in a family as portrayed by the media.
Being exposed to this kind of technological advancement would inculcate viewers that in real life, family support and love each other. We also tend to believe that being single is sad and unsatisfying. We may also possibly see the feasibility of having illegitimate children and how the legitimate child must accept them. There may also be the acceptance or rejection of the portrayed extra-marital relationships and having extended families, or that which include the people not coming from the immediate family (Van Evra, 1988).
According to researchers, there is a strong relationship between violence and exposure to it. This shows that violence can be concluded as a learned behavior. In a study done by researchers from Wake Forest University, it was discovered that people engage to violence when they have been previously exposed to it. This includes violence that occurs in television programs, in the neighborhood, in social and peer groups, and many more. It was found out that when people experience this in the past, it is also possible that they do the same to others in the future.
Having been presented with violent acts would be tantamount to seeing these people doing the same unto others. This means a person who does not have any experience of violence will be less violent in the future. An example of this is when children watch television and see fighting superheroes. We will notice that they are trying to imitate what they are doing until they include the stunts in their games with other children. Also, they may just witness people fighting from the neighborhood and hurting each other. This may in turn result to something violent if not given much attention to.
This is why it is very important that we guide our children when they watch something or just go out of the environment. It is outside the house that they can learn these things (Broom, 1990). Statistics shows the increased rate of violence against Women in the United States. Women have been complaining of violence, sexual harassment, physical abuse and many more and have screaming for justice. Because of the growth of these cases, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 was made. It is important because it encompasses almost everything with regards to the needs of women who suffer from gender-based attacks.
Primarily, it is helpful in term of funds. It provides budget for “education, research, treatment of domestic and sex-crime victims, and the improvement of state criminal justice systems”. It also helped women to have enough funds to sustain their shelters, have a safe transportation, and more. It even took charge of the budget for the training judges in fighting biases related to gender in the courts. It assured safety in campuses and paid for the expenses of victims of sexual abuse in testing for STD’s. Moreover, it stops domestic violence.
VAWA also helps those victims in a prosecution to be heard and protected against the defendant during a hearing. They also pay the victim’s expenses in the realms of medicine, housing, therapies, money and other losses (“Violence”).
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