Depiction of Jealousy

October 27, 2016

I was intrigued by the cover of the latest issue of Psychology Today featuring the article: "Jealousy What It Really Tells You", however, I found myself disappointed when seeing that all of the images depicting jealousy were of women, and not even a range of diverse women, only of white women.


The article states: "Although research indicates that men and women experience jealousy with roughly equal frequency and intensity, Buss says [ a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is as Necessary as Love and Sex] there are important distinctions. Male jealousy can be significantly more dangerous."


Despite the article clearly stating that jealousy is experienced by both men and women in "roughly equal" frequencies and intensities, and that male jealousy is more "dangerous", men were not chosen to be portrayed in the images complimenting the article. A lack of diversity coupled with gender stereotyping make up (no pun intended) the montage of envy, as depicted through eye shadow, nail polish, jewels, lace, and gems placed strategically above pouty lips. Image included for your reference















For those interested, the content of the article emphasizes that jealousy can actually be constructive and can serve as a catalyst in improving the relationship. I don't believe a link of this article is online yet, but I will be sure to update the post when I am able to find one. 




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