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Fueling Insecurity: Americas Race to Perfection

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Throughout time, people have sought out admiration and acceptance from their peers, especially based off of their physical appearance. For decades, they have spent millions of dollars on beauty products and surgical procedures to achieve what they perceive as beauty. The American Media has assured them that they will never be beautiful enough. Young girls have grown obsessed with their images and, as a result, have gone to extremes to achieve model-like appearances. Americans will always attempt to chase perfection- an impossible task. The media has had a vast influence on our lives. Everywhere we go, we are bombarded with a plethora of advertisements, screeching out at us to purchase their products. The medias peak demographic to target are teenagers, who are proven to “spend 31 hours a week watching television, three hours a week watching movies, four hours a week reading magazines…[etc.]” (Newson). Each of these activities is about “Ten hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day” (Newson). Through advertising, they are also projected through Fowles’s various appeals, such as to sex, autonomy, and power. With research, Fowles has discovered methods in which the media has used these appeals in advertising. These advertisements depict the ideal of perfection that Americans have sought out for decades. The announcements that showcase beauty, however, are simply delusions. Such delusions are showcased through every advertisement we have viewed. Photoshop is one method through which we are fooled into believing that the model in the photo looks exactly like the image in real life. Such unnecessary measures have resulted in a vast decline in individuals who believe that they are truly beautiful. Many women are damaged by these... ... middle of paper ... ...-has-changed.htm> 23 May 2014. Grogan, Sarah. "Body Image." Body Image. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2014. "Health Consequences of Eating Disorders | National Eating Disorders Association." Health Consequences of Eating Disorders | National Eating Disorders Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2014. Miss Representation. Dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom. 2011. Documentary. One Poll. Women Need Further Educating Into Extent of Digital Manipulation of Models in Mags, New Look Survey Finds. Newsday. N.p., 26 Nov. 2013. Web. 24 May 2014. Schwartz, MB. "Obesity and Body Image." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Jan. 2004. Web. 26 May 2014. Toren, Nadine. "Men and Plastic Surgery: The Stats." Arizona Foothills. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2014. Williams, Tennessee. Scene 1. The Glass Menagerie. New York: New Directions, 1999. 25. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that people have sought admiration and acceptance from their peers based off of their physical appearance. the american media has assured them that they will never be beautiful enough.
  • Analyzes how fowles' appeals to sex, autonomy, and power have been used in advertising to depict the ideal of perfection americans have sought out for decades.
  • Explains how photoshop fools us into believing that the model in the photo looks exactly like the image in real life, resulting in a vast decline in individuals who believe that they are truly beautiful.
  • Explains that advertisers alter photographs to enhance the appearance of models' bodies, and such alterations can contribute to unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image, especially among impressionable children and adolescents.
  • Analyzes how advertising has greatly weakened the self-esteem of many americans. both sexes face false perceptions of the body and what it means to be beautiful. western cultures emphasize thinness, denigrate excess weight, and stigmatize obese individuals.
  • Explains that anorexia nervosa has rapidly spread throughout the united states, primarily affecting young women and girls.
  • Analyzes how the mother, amanda, yearns for her daughter laura to receive a gentleman caller in the play the glass menagerie.
  • Explains that the standards of beauty were not always so impossible to meet. being thin was not the ideal.
  • Analyzes how the media has persuaded women to purchase their products to fit in. makeup is used by women of all ages and even young girls; shaving was not as widespread as it is today.
  • Analyzes how jennifer lawrence's character, katniss everdeen, was criticized for being too "fat" for the role. she despises diets because of their ridiculousness.
  • Opines that americans will always seek perfection. they will spend millions on the beauty industry and feed their insecurities. large beauty conglomerates will pinpoint minor flaws and blow them out of proportion.
  • States that ama adopts new policies at 2011annual meeting. brownwell, kelly d. dieting and the search for the perfect body.
  • Cites grogan, sarah, "body image" and "health consequences of eating disorders".
  • Analyzes how the national center for biotechnologyinformation, u.s. national library of medicine, and toren, nadine, published the stats on men and plastic surgery.
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