There is a reason why the quote, “Beauty is Painful” is known in today’s society. This quote was not made up just for an expression. There are women all over the world who has a different portrayal of beauty and its true meaning. Not all women love their bodies, and not all women have the perfect physical appearance. In today’s society lots of women believe the true portrayal of beauty is a low BMI, narrow hips, prominent bust, and hair-less genitalia.
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).
As the mass media uses unrealistic models to advertise its products and services, this sets the idea that the “ideal” woman must been unhealthily thin and blemish free. Advertisements of these “perfect” women negatively affect the way women feel about their physical appearance and therefore affect women mentally as well. Advertising companies should strive to portray the “ideal” women as that of real women today and create the message that all women are beautiful. Should mass media chose to change the way they advertise and portray the “ideal” women? What if they used healthy, more realistic women to advertise products and services?
Society’s disdain for physically disabled pregnant women and presumption of inadequacy, is a serious supposition, with potential legal implications (Parchomiuk, 2014). The probability of a physically disabled woman having her child taken away at any given time in life, is significantly higher than the probability of an able-bodied woman having her child taken away from her. (Parchomiuk, 2014). The healthcare and legal systems alike are meant to help people, but physically disabled mothers are constantly put down and traumatized by it. In this, the reproductive rights of physically disabled women have all but been lost.
“Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men's eyes when deciding what provokes it.” When looking at the media, it is perceived that women are being criticized and men are less of a concern when it comes to beauty and their body. A woman should not be justified worthy of love or “true” beauty based on her outward appearance but, solely built upon the individuality and confidence of a woman. As a child, I defined beauty as being “skinny”. Many women, men, and children all over the world are being judged because they don’t find what the media claims what actual beauty transpires. Media plays a large role as to why,mainly, many females in society believe that ones body image justifies what captivating elegance is.
I think that the '90s are part repressive, due to the need to feel beautiful and thin at almost any cost,but are also in terms of beauty. Women not only believe that they can do and be anything they know it. And the beauty industry has seen the American women as a group of very different individuals. We, woman, as a whole are doing our thing and are in liberation we are sexy smart and in the end the makers of our ideal and not the subjects of one.
Beauty pageants are harmful not only to ordinary women but also to the entire society because they give women the feeling that they are inadequate and ugly, leading to dieting and eating disorders, cosmetic surgery, and has a larger effect on men's attitude towards women. A major effect of beauty pageants on women is that they encourage feelings of inadequacy and present an unrealistic ideal that is often unattainable. The skinny models on such platforms, that are their main focus, come across to millions of female viewers as a set standard that should be maintained in order to look beautiful and achieve success in life. Having idealistic features such as a body size 0, flawless skin, a certain height, and shiny long brown hair becomes the most important objective in the lives of women. If unable to fulfill these desires, it leads to lower self-esteem and self-perception.
These messages of ideal beauty are difficult to ignore. Millard’s article on Dove’s “Real Beauty” Campaign stated the following: When... ... middle of paper ... ...of beauty and women are oppressive in that they contribute to the limitation and restriction of women. In advertising, women are portrayed as being inferior which is false and objectifying. The obsession with thinness, the ideal image of beauty and oppression of women are all public problems that affect us all, man or woman. Inner beauty is forgotten and deemed unimportant in our society.
This means that women who are not capable of reaching the “ideal” will feel insecure. Women look at other thinner women and look at them as someone inspirational. They tend to compare themselves to them and find themselves dissatisfied with their own bodies. Society expects women to have a perfect body that make woman feel depressed when they have a hard time reaching this ideal goal. The negative body image has been associated with depression,
Advertisements affect the daily lives of women. Women are brainwashed to believe that makeup is a must-have and they cannot leave the house without it on. Advertisements have negative effects on body image causing pressure to women, which could lead into eating disorders and low self-esteem. Women back in the 13th century and the early 16th century idealized the body that would be considered overweight