“Almost about seven out of ten women felt angrier and more depressed following the viewing of fashion model images” (“Media Influence”). It has portrayed an illusion of the unachieveable to men and women, causes atrocious effects, and has compelled millions of young girls, women, men, and celebrities feel the need to change. Media has negatively influenced the way people think of their self image. People presume that in order to be accepted into society, they must resemble the looks of models, actors, and actresses in television shows and magazines and this makes the average people insecure of their looks. Media makes minors believe that in order to fit into society, they must become "thinner" or "prettier".
This can cause negative effects on young women and has been for several years. Women everywhere are stuck on the idea that they have to look like Barbie or like the models and celebrities in magazines, sometimes resulting in detrimental methods such as eating disorders. These women eventually develop a loss of their individuality and are left unhappy and disappointed. The cookie-cutter idea is taking over society and the media is to blame.
Girls can't be expected to look like something that doesn't actually exist or is physically impossible. The modern beauty standard is so ridiculous that it is literally physically impossible to achieve. Attempt at trying to achieve this look causes low self-esteem in girls and ultimately depression or another mood disorder. Yes, I agree that expectations for teenage girls are causing a mental health crisis. The media uses means such as social media, magazines, and television to influence people, specifically teenagers.
Anorexia and bulimia are one of the main causes along with the media as to why adolescent girls are always slightly underweight and devastating skinny. If the media didn’t interfere with adolescent perceptions, maybe one half of fourth grade girls wouldn’t be on a diet. Intense fear of becoming fat and distorted body images aren’t the kinds of thing we want our adolescents girls to become. To think about their appearance and weight 24/7 isn’t right. The media should stop publicizing young female bodies and telling them what beauty is perceived to them.
The Medias standard of perfection puts stress and pressure on young girls to become skinner. Eating disorders, excessive exercise, and depression are a result of the Medias influence on their self image. The media have negatively influenced the self image of young girls by forcing their unrealistic perception of what women should look like onto them . Deanne Jade believes that the media does its part to keep us informed on "valuable information on health and well-being," (Jade 8). I agree however I feel that is done in such a manner that girl feel as if they must exhaust the media’s advice on fitness and health and use these methods in order to obtain the picture perfect body image that they see on TV and in magazines.
It is hard for women to be told that they are not mature enough, smart enough, pretty enough, or skinny enough because it is just too painful and humiliating to hear. Advertisements are exposing an unachievable body image for women and at the same time they are making it harder for women to be seen as beautiful in men’s eyes. It is bad enough that they might be going through a hard time because of their insecurities, but to see them on advertisement just makes them feel worse about themselves not better. The article “Sex, Lies, and Advertising” by Gloria Steinem states, “After all, advertising was (and is) as potent a source of information in this country as news or TV or movies. It’s where we get not only a big part of our information but also images that shape our dreams” (202).
Children female beauty pageants such as the televised show “Toddlers and Tiaras,” have a bad influence on young girls. The show more or over is a reality show of young girls in between the ages of as young as 3 months and older. Truly, this is poisoning their brains. Not only are they poisoning the young childs brains, but teaching them that face and body image is everything. It does not help the young girls self-esteem; it is damaging them morally in the real sense that they are real people that are being taught looks are important.
Women and adolescent girls are exposed, daily, to the media's portrayal of perfect beauty. Being bombarded with images of beautiful women with perfect figures and porcelain skin has had an effect on the way women and young girls portray their own bodies. This, in return, causes a drive for thinness which, ultimately, can ignite feelings of dissatisfaction which can cause eating disorders and poor health decisions. This epidemic has captivated many women and adolescents as they go to tremendous lengths to achieve what the media has defined as beautiful. Consequently, the media, and the distorted images they parade, is causing women and adolescents to become dissatisfied with their bodies.
The effects of seeing beautiful thin celebrities, models, and even athletes have negative effects on girls like eating disorders, poor self-image, and even getting plastic or cosmetic surgeries. The widespread images of thin actresses and models have harmed the self-image of girls and young women and encourage disorders (“Eating Disorders”). There should not be any encouragement for eating disorders; it can end up killing a person in just a few short years at least. Also, beauty pageants do not help either, they basically focus on a women’s attractiveness and nothing else. The pageants objectify woman creating a homogenous unachievable model of attractiveness that promotes poor self-image among girls (Beauty Pageants”).
It is impossible for young women to live up to the standards the media has created. Young women have been negatively influenced by these advertisements every day; something has to be done. Young women are striving for a perfection that does not exist; this then affects their self-confidence and causes them to see their own bodies in a negative way. Researchers have found that in the United Sates, 94% of female characters in television programs are thinner than the average American woman (Gonzalez-Lavin & Smolak). Therefore, Average women watching these extremely thin actresses compare themselves to a body that is not the minority standard.