Steroid Usage Among Teenagers Steroid usage has often been stereotyped to football players, weightlifters and bodybuilders. New research suggests that this is far from true. Instead, most heavy steroid users are middle class white males, 35% of which do not intend on participating in sporting events. 26% of high school age steroid users cited personal appearance as their primary motive for using the drug. These new trends in steroid use have been attributed to the "new male image" that is being splashed throughout advertisements and magazines.
The “Adonis Complex” is not an official medical term; it is used to describe the various secretive body image concerns of males. This ranges from minor physical implications to self-destructing body image disorders such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa. The media plays a huge role influencing adolescent to adult males to believe that being more lean and muscular equals attractiveness. Whenever I am standing in line at the super market, every magazine cover I see has a model on it. When there is a male on the cover, he is usually flashing his rock hard abdominal muscles or flexing his bulging chest.
More and more magazines for men are about fitness, weight lifting, and body building(Highlights, par. 6). The media and entertainment industry really focuses on a nicely built, “in shape man“. So some men do feel pressure to be physically fit. Of the men that are overweight, some may choose anorexia as a way to diet.
In addìtion,"Men often choose other men as mentors and heroes, while women tend to select guys they are attracted to," she explains.” (Boon, 18). They tell the men that if they drink this, or workout with this, they are going to have celebrity bodies. Some of the men do not look like that in real life, which is sad for society because the editors are completely changing a person so they will be more appealing to people’s lives. The media is also influencing more people to use drugs by advertising how celebrities are going through rehab, and they are using drugs. Men and adults are affected by this, and the celebrities are influenc... ... middle of paper ... ...on T.V., such as limited drinking, no drugs, and limited profanity.
"Cosmetic surgery at work to wreck men's self esteemâ€¦" This piece of writing although full of humour also holds some very interesting facts and shows that times are changing, today it's acceptable for men to wear perfume and have face-lifts. So in conclusion I think Landesman has made one small step for journalism but one giant leap for all those beauty conscious men out there!
These “images of male perfection are reinforced when male athletes use their bodies for hitting, dunking, tackling, and running, receiving millions of dollars, media attention, and fan adoration for their efforts” (Denham and Duke 111). The images and body types depicted in the media then permeate society, creating one form of masculinity that is set apart from the rest. The emphasis on and portrayal of athletes with a specific body type subordinates both men and women that do not possess that physique.
Males feel that the less fat they carry shows dominant status. It is not just the unhealthy eating disorders itself; there is a severe usage of steroids jeopardizing men’s health as well. Males aggressively want to bulk up and be like the muscular Sylvester Stallone or Dwayne Johnson of today. According to Emily Alpert, “Steroid use is also on the rise among Los Angeles teen boys, the survey found, with roughly one out of 20 saying they have used steroids (Alpert)”. Steroid usage is dangerous and is frowned up on all sports, but even major athletes have been caught using them.
Many hip-hop artists in their work write and boast about large phallic size. Old school artist Notorious B.I.G. stating that he’s wears “thirteens” refers to shoes versus phallic size in his hit “Old Thing Back”, and modern rapper A$AP Rocky’s song “F**kin Problems” lyrics state “But this long-d**k n**ga ain't for the long talkin” (Garett et al., 2012.) perpetuate the idea that black men are supposed to have a large penis. This idea may cause males growing up to have the idea that genital size is linked to attractiveness and status.
Ken, Barbie's male counterpart is a muscular, preppy, and all American boy. These qualities often lead society to label those males that have these characteristics as gay. Many generalizations are made that gay men are not athletic and therefore would turn to cheerleading as their sport of interest. To many homophobic people cheerleading is therefore deemed as a sport for sissies. They claim that cheerleaders are there solely for looks and entertainment purposes out... ... middle of paper ... ...rs because they provide them with strength needed to perform difficult stunts.
On the other hand, men, the targeted audience, are in a position of power and dominance where they can choose to own women. The ad is again suggesting inaccurate standards of beauty for men and women. It suggests females should spend their time, money and energy to decorate their appearance to attract men, whereas males should be well off enough to afford a luxury perfume to have sex with women. However, the model’s body on the ad above is edited hundred of times to create skinnier legs, flatter abdomen, shinier skin, and bigger breasts. Magazines are creating an impossibly perfect looking body that pressures girls to starve themselves to become thinner.