Elevator Girls

In the article Elevator Girls the author Laura Miller discusses the use of elevator girls in Japan. Japanese Elevators girls are trained to speak with exaggeratedly high pitch voices in an effort to avoid conversation while working. They also all were the same uniforms, stripping each girl of her individuality and making them all into the nameless fantasy of the elevator girl. They have become cultural phenomena in Japan, showing up as characters in films, cartoons, commercials, fantasy media, and pornography. With the constant use of the elevator girl and use showing them as hyper feminine forces them into a role of a symbol of women. Having a sexualized image symbolize women in the media and popular culture would cause an inequality to be ingrained into that culture, the idea that women are to be seen as sexual objects and not individuals.

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