A talent show called “Super Girl” appeared on Chinese television in 2006, and almost all the young people watched it and paid attention to it. This popular show animated the development of the whole Chinese television industry. Since 2006, these was an increasing number of young people who spent much time on watching TV, and TV became one of the necessary parts in their daily life. Also, due to the popularity and success of this show, more and more TV programs were designed for young women. Therefore, lots of Chinese young people were fond of watching television since that time because they thought these shows were very true to life. Under this circumstance, the question draws out: What was the impact of television on the image of Chinese young women since 2006?
First of all, Chines people have a stereotype towards the standard of young women’s body image, which should be slim and charming, due to the effect of watching television. Before the prevalence of TV programs and TV dramas, young women did not have strict requirements for their figures, and most of them maintained medium statures. However, after watching a series of TV shows, women begin to keep their figures and be strict with themselves. As Chen mentions, women suffer the pressure of the body dissatisfaction from the television, and young women “‘feel pressure to look pretty’ modified to ‘to look pretty’” (7). This shows that young women put forward a higher demand for themselves to have a more attractive and charming figure.
At the same time, audience are also affected by TV shows because most of shows promote young women’s images of thin body figures; thus, they set a standard of beauty towards perfect figures in the mind and use it...
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.... These women in shows are individual examples, but they leave a deep impression on audience, so people may think that they represent the characters of today’s young women. Thus, Chinese television has a negative influence on the social image of urban young women, which portrays them to be vainglorious.
In conclusion, Chinese television has a great influence on body image and social image of today’s young urban women, which sets a standard of body figure and create an independent but single image. Because of television shows and dramas, there is a stereotype that young women are supposed to be slim and have an attractive figure. Besides, the emphatic social image of young women has changed from a good wife and mother to an independent and capable female. At the same time, these independent urban women are given a new social image, which is known as “leftover women.”
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