They have playboy models advertising for cars, boats and body lotion. They use a women’s body to advertise for their products. The media doe... ... middle of paper ... ... they need to resolve, like the depression of not being happy with themselves. Of going through many procedures to make them look “thin” or “ordinary” because they can no longer be happy with themselves because of the media’s interference with adolescent girls images. Anorexia and bulimia are one of the main causes along with the media as to why adolescent girls are always slightly underweight and devastating skinny.
Body image for women has always been stressed for them to look a certain way and to try obtain “physical perfec... ... middle of paper ... ...deva, 2012). These results show a small part of the media's effects on the mindset of women. You can perceive yourself as something your are not, because of the things you are exposed to. The mass media plays a large role in shaping a teenage and adolescent girl’s body image. By pushing an ideal body type that is uncommon and untrue to life, girls strive, and struggle to obtain this image.
The Medias standard of perfection puts stress and pressure on young girls to become skinner. Eating disorders, excessive exercise, and depression are a result of the Medias influence on their self image. The media have negatively influenced the self image of young girls by forcing their unrealistic perception of what women should look like onto them . Deanne Jade believes that the media does its part to keep us informed on "valuable information on health and well-being," (Jade 8). I agree however I feel that is done in such a manner that girl feel as if they must exhaust the media’s advice on fitness and health and use these methods in order to obtain the picture perfect body image that they see on TV and in magazines.
A Distorted Perception of Beauty: Media’s Influence on Body Image In today’s society, young women are developing a distorted perception of beauty because of the affects of media: advertising, magazines, and television and movies. Almost every image in the media features a picture of a young woman who is edited almost beyond recognition. It seems that every image of a young woman is the media’s “perfect lie,” that is hardly any image is pure or untouched. This perfect lie negatively effects young women’s perception of their look, style, and body. These false images cause severe consequences in young women’s physical and emotional aspects, negatively effecting how they perceive themselves.
Young women should grow up wanting to be themselves as individuals. Girls should not mature with the mindset that they want to be just like the models in magazines and television commercials. Kristin Noelle Weissman discusses the effects of the mass media in her book Barbie: the icon, the image, the ideal. Weissman explains, Wood 2 “The mass media –as a primary and ... ... middle of paper ... ...y. Women all over the world are affected by the media.
Often times, advertisements illustrate a prototype of a perfect body achieved through over photo shopping. These perfect pictures can negatively influence a woman’s body image of herself, bringing about a greater concern to the mind and body of a woman. For many, this extent of this issue is unknown, but according to Jean Kilbourne, an activist for women in advertising, “the advertising industry sacrifices our health for their profit,” she says, “They sell more than just products, to a greater extent they tell us who we are and who we should be,” (Killing Us Softly 4). Advertisements make women feel pressured to look like the supermodels on the cover of Sport’s Illustrate... ... middle of paper ... ... Label? - NYTimes.com."
If any doubt exists that they have made these attempts in the face of extremely sparse information, we hope to dispel this doubt and will pre... ... middle of paper ... ...out and buy them. Girls will also try to emulate the images of women in these magazines whether it is their hair, makeup, clothes, or even weight. The idea that most consumers don’t focus on is the photo shopping in these magazines. Not even real models look like these pictures we see in magazines. Pictures are constantly warped and giving women and girls’ unrealistic views of beauty in society.
Magazine advertisements of the shape or size of a woman’s body, photographs of famous actresses, and television characters are the leading forms of media that influence how women view ideal beauty (Myer and Biocca). All these types of media persuade girls to think they need to have the perfect body. It is one thing to want to be beautiful, but it is another thing entirely to have the media make the standard of beauty unrealistic. Unfortunately, low self-esteem and depression are frequently found in adolescent girls. Self-esteem is the confidence which someone has in their own abilities.
In today’s society mass media creates unrealistic body images of women not ever being thin or flawless enough. Advertisements of this “ideal” body image affects how many women view themselves and how they think they should look. Advertising companies overly edit and photoshop images of women to create the so-called perfection that is the norm for the advertising world. These images of the “perfect” body send negative messages and create insecurities amongst many women. As the mass media uses unrealistic models to advertise its products and services, this sets the idea that the “ideal” woman must been unhealthily thin and blemish free.
Media depicts women as ultra thin actresses and models, with this came an increase in women's concerns with their bodies. As teens grow up watching these images and depictions of women, they idolize them as something that they want to turn into. “The sexualization of girls and women in the media is a growing concern” said Emma Stydahar “It creates a limiting idea of beauty in our society.”(Nackman) We idolize these women that have been continually photo shopped and done up as if they were dolls. Teen girls are being continually subjected to magazine articles telling them that they should not be happy with themselves and to change their appearance. The media has changed the way women are now seen by both women and men alike.