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Throughout history the media has played an important role by portraying societies image of what life should be like The question still stands did these dominant media images mirror what life was really like for the majority of people living in these time periods or were they simply to set an example of life for others to live by The early post war 1945-63 the true sixties 1964-74 and post-Watergate America 1975-present are three time periods which the media has labeled with a particular image which may or may not hold to fit true The media image of the early post war was of a high standard of living in which many practiced a Protestant religion were getting married and buying brand new houses with their wartime savings Cars were now the in thing and all families had to have one Women stayed at home and cared for the children while the men were the breadwinners Few women had careers outside of the home Blacks were denied the opportunity to move up in society and the cause of civil rights began to attract some attention Sex was something that wasnt talked about in public and it was assumed that all marriages were perfect In nineteen forty-eight a professor by the name of Alfred Kinsey proved that not everything was what it seemed He decided to study the sexual behavior of the American male to see if it really followed the media image of this time period In his findings we learn that eight-five percent of males engage in premarital sex and thirty to forty-five percent of men have cheated on their wives The overall point of this study was to show that male behavior and the law of society was widely different After these findings were published a debate between admirers and critics of this report began to arise The admirers felt that the information was surprising but they thought that it
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