Media has not only had its effect on women, but on men as well. While women are struggling to overcome their insecurities with their self image, the opposite gender a... ... middle of paper ... ...arted gaining weight and became low self-esteemed. Celeste read magazines that told her how she should look and what the "perfect body shape" is. She continuously lost weight because she believed that she had to.This is the influence media has on girls today. (Conway “Chapter 3: the impossible goal”) Media’s impact on our society today has become an overwhelming issue to people and has caused many negative consequences.
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.
Furthermore, these same girls are resorting to extreme methods in order to feel like they fit in such as taking unhealthy weight loss pills and developing eating disorders. Advertising has caused more harm than good in this particular situation by compelling girls to feel like they cannot be themselves. Even fashion trends have added to this downfall of women’s individualism. Teenage girls feel the need to match the current fashion trend, no matter how expensive, just so they can feel the same as everybody else. As Andrew Delbanco explains in his work, The Real American Dream, consumer culture has the power to “evacuate the self” (105).
They provide impossible body images for women to strive towards, and sadly, many women do. The repercussions of these images and stereotypes are quite serious. The female body image is distorted, and many women and girls, in effort to reach the distorted image, develop serious eating disorders. The perpetuation of sex in ads creates a casual attitude towards sex. Sex is used to sell almost anything: from lingerie to makeup, perfume to food and household items.
This image forces us to have self esteem issues.These advertisements are damaging both our mental and physical state of being Many young girls who take extreme measures to live up to the Medias perception of the perfect body type are more likely to develop one of the many body image disorders. The average age a girl starts to diet is eight ("Media and Eating Disorders" 1). When a girl becomes obsessed with dieting and looking better, they can easily become anorexic or bulimic. 79% of teenage girls who vomit are dedicated readers of woman's magazines ("Media and Eating Disorders" 2). The Medias standard of perfection puts stress and pressure on young girls to become skinner.
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. If the media didn’t interfere with adolescent perceptions, maybe one half of fourth grade girls wouldn’t be on a diet. Intense fear of becoming fat and distorted body images aren’t the kinds of thing we want our adolescents girls to become. To think about their appearance and weight 24/7 isn’t right. The media should stop publicizing young female bodies and telling them what beauty is perceived to them.
The way the media treats young women is utterly disgusting, “the hypercritical brand of Hollywood misogyny that turned Winter’s puberty into a punishing period of cyberbullying, critiscm, and oversexaulization.” is a huge problem. Instead of focusing on a young girl’s acting talent, all the media could talk about was an underage girl’s breasts. Every girl has insecurities, but it is different for girls in the spotlight, “Unlike every other teenage girl, Winter didn’t have to motivate herself to feel uncomfortable or obsessed with her body-because she had the media there to overanalyze on her behalf”. This not only affects the girls who are being picked apart in the media, but the little girls who look up to them. Without a doubt, there are teenage girls out there who look up to Ariel Winter because she is curvy and not stick skinny like most Hollywood starlet’s.
Everywhere you turn we are bombarded with unattainable images which models are manipulated in some cases.” (StudyMode.com). Through these quotations, it is shown how the media portrays how a girl should look, otherwise they are not considered to be beautiful. These constant pressures and ideas come from media sources such as; television shows, beauty commercials, and popular advertisements. According to Why Do ... ... middle of paper ... ...ly being exposed to the “ideal” body image. As a result, this leads to a negative outlook of a girl’s body image.
The Media’s Negative Influence on Society There is a lot of controversy about how the media affects people, but in my opinion I think the influence we get is more negative than positive. The media is one of the things that impact people the most because in today’s society it is impossible to ignore. It influences the ways in which we dress, speak, act and think. Media is fed to us through movies, television, radio, social media, music, and magazines. I believe mass media is pressuring the way woman and girls want to look, twists reality, and is sexist towards woman without people even realizing.
Consequently, the media, and the distorted images they parade, is causing women and adolescents to become dissatisfied with their bodies. Women and adolescents girls are spending endless time and money, desperately, to get this look that the media has portrayed to be perfect. However, not only is the media using advanced technology to distort the images we see, they are also distorting our minds which is causing bodily dissatisfaction. The extent that women and adolescent girls place on themselves and their bodies to attain perfection can cause massive stress and can be a risk to health. Some studies show that eating disorders arise from characteristics such as neurobiology, genetics, personality traits, and personal environment.