Female Body Image In Media

935 Words4 Pages
Mass media is designed to reach large audiences through the use of technology. Its purpose is meant to give information we need to function as a society. Mass media is everywhere; there is no escaping from it. From the moment you wake until you fall asleep you are confronted with media. Almost every home in America has at least one TV, the internet, and cell phones. You cannot drive down the highway without seeing billboard signs. Checking out at the grocery store can be tricky if trying to avoid magazines. The media is supposed to portray what is considered to be normal; therefore, affects what society considers normal. The media's portrayal of body image affects teens negatively through using stereotypes, encouraging sexual behavior, and promoting unnecessary products. Teens are very impressionable^ during the difficult and already confusing part of their development. Thus what the media tells them is "normal" affects them more so than adults. The media uses stereotypes to portray what a "normal" body should look like. Women are often shown unrealistically thin and men with muscles larger than life. The idea that these unrealistic bodies are normal and healthy can be quite damaging to a teens self image. In 2003, Teen Magazine reported that 35 percent of girls 6 to 12 years old have been on at least one diet, and that 50 to 70 percent of normal weight girls believe they are overweight. Boys also feel pressured into weight training and using steroids to achieve that perfect body. Weight is not the only subject the media uses. If your weight is fine, they tell you that you are ageing, and are in need of beauty products to achieve the ideal look. Teen dramas use the stereotype that the popular kids are beautiful, s... ... middle of paper ... ...ow that parents care about them and what they do. Second, parents need to establish a good line of communication between themselves and their teens. Teens need to know that they can talk to their parents about anything. We also need to talk to our teens about the realistic body inuge and sex. If we don't the media certainly will. Lastly, parents need to monitor their teen ; media use and exposure. If parents are aware of what their teens are exposed to, they can better communicate what is appropriate; therefore, directly counteracting the media's negative portrayal of body image. Works Cited Bourland, Korrie. "Female Body Images in the Media." http://www6.svsu.edu/~glt/Magazine/Bourland.html 08 Dec. 2004. Web. 23 Feb. 2010 Ransohoff, Julia. "Preteens and the Media." http://www.pamf.sutterhealth.org/preteen/growingup/choices/media.html 2009. Web. 23 Feb. 2010
Open Document