Female Body Image and the Mass Media

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Emily Smith is buying groceries at Farm Fresh. She is walking to the register and the new cover of Self magazine catches her eye. She sees that Miranda Kerr, the Victoria’s Secret supermodel is on the cover in a crop top and bikini bottom. She compares her body to the image depicted on Self magazine. She starts nitpicking every part of her body. She looks down at her denim clad- thigh and thinks, “did my thighs and stomach get bigger than they were this morning? “ Influenced by the depiction of the image of Miranda Kerr, she now views her body as inadequate or ugly. Since she feels that her body is not beautiful and has negative thoughts, Emily seems to have negative body image. This perception of her physical appearance is known as body image which is the way a person feels about his or her body. It affects both men and women, young and old. The definition of beauty is defined by many factors family, friends, peers, the media, and puberty and development. Often the definition of beauty is a narrow thing that includes only a select group of people. Days are filled with images and other depictions of beauty that are aesthetically pleasing and highly retouch. The media includes television, movies, books, advertisements, magazines, billboards, video games and the Internet. Since it encompasses so many things that media has a huge influence on people. It tells people how to dress, how to speak, how to think, how to be, what to buy, what to watch, what to eat, what to listen to and what to wear. The media is a powerful and persuasive sociocultural influence, it objectifies everyone. Since the media has a huge influence on what people do, it affects them both indirectly and directly. Magazines often show images of thin models fl... ... middle of paper ... ... "A Losing Battle: Effects of Prolonged Exposure to Thin-Ideal Images on Dieting and Body Satisfaction." Communication Research 39.1 (2012): 79-102. Business Source Complete. Web. 22 Sept. 2013. Poorani, A. "Who Determines the Ideal Body? A Summary of Research Findings on Body Image." New Media & Mass Communication 2. (2012): 1-12. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 29 Sept. 2013. McCabe P. Marita, et al. "The Role of Cultural Values and Religion on Views of Body Size and Eating Practices among Adolescents from Fiji, Tonga, and Australia." British Journal of Health Psychology 18.2 (2013): 383-394. SPORT Discuss. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. Tiggemann, Marika, and Amy Slater. "Netgirls: The Internet, Facebook, and Body Image Concern in Adolescent Girls." International Journal of Eating Disorders 46.6 (2013): 630-633. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 Sept. 2013.
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