The Media's Effect on Women

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The mass media over the years has had such a profound role in creating an image on how women should be viewed. From their appearance to what their duties are in everyday life, the media has made sure to depict unrealistic images of women. These images have caused not only the male public but women themselves to believe that they must attain a certain kind of body or occupation to fit into society. Women often feel obligated and pressured to comply to this praised image of perfection. The media negatively influences the way women are portrayed in modern society and culture. This can severely impact the way a woman views her self worth and beauty. The ideal image that the media has created is to be exceptionally thin and tall. This is what the media considers to be beautiful. This ideal image can be seen on a daily basis just about everywhere on advertisements, which promote this unattainable image constantly. Research has proven that women tend to feel more insecure about themselves when they look at a magazine or television, which makes them feel self conscious(Mackler 25). The irony in this is that not even the women in the advertisements are as flawless as they appear to be. In order for a woman to appear in the mass media her image must be enhanced in several ways. A women is often airbrushed to conceal their actual skin but it does not end there. Through various computerized programs a woman's actual features are distorted until a false unrealistic image is reached. You can see in the media in almost all occasions women being sexualized. From beer to burger commercials women in the media are portrayed as sexual beings. If they are thin and meet society’s standards of beautiful they are considered marketable. Over the... ... middle of paper ... ... A woman should learn how to love herself despite the fact that her body does not look like that of a model. Whether you fit society’s standard of what beauty is or break the stereotype. “We live in an age where the mere idea Works Cited Mackler, Carolyn. Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image. Ed. Ophira Edut. Emeryville, CA: Seal, 2004. Print. Mankiller,Wilma, and others “Stereotypes”. The Reader companion To U.S Women History. Dec 1 1998: n.p.SIRS Issue Researcher Web. 26. Mar. 2014. . Romo, Samantha. "As Body Image Issues Grow in Society Be Aware of Medias Influence." The Crimson White 7 Mar. 2012: n. pag. Print. Silverstein, Alvin. So You Think You’re Fat? New York: Harpercollins. 1998. Print. Wolhart, Dayna. Anorexia & Bulimia. New York: Macmillan, 1998. Print. Bowden-Woodward, Kathy. A Negative Body Image. New York: Rosen, 1990. Print.
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