Media fuels this unrealistic image and convinces women that in order to be accepted and considered beautiful, you better be fat-less, have silky hair and a flawless complexion. Unrealistic media images of women are so prevalent that it seems that females who fulfill such a standard are more the norm than the exception. The Cultivation theory argues that images that portray women who match the sociocultural ideal of beauty are extremely prevalent in pop... ... middle of paper ... ...ded) to possess society’s sick vision of beauty. Due to the portrayal of specific beauty standards in the media, women have re-imagined true beauty, causing drastic impacts that affect the lives of women both physically and psychologically. In order to reach the societal standard of this “ideal body”, women of all ages go to drastic measures to achieve it (extreme dieting and plastic surgery).
In order to be beautiful, women have to be a “certain way” or else they are nothing in society 's narrow views. “Perhaps the most striking outcome of self-objectification is the difficulty women have in imagining identities and sexualities truly our own” (Heldman 67). As sad as it is, women are told that they have to fit a standard in order to be considered beautiful. Therefore, as long as there is such a limited definition of beauty, women will attempt to fit into that definition, objectifying and altering themselves until there is nothing left to
On the other hand, there is a large audience of contemporary females suffering from dissatisfaction or shame towards one’s appearances. This is because women are taught to base their self-esteem and self-worth upon what others consider attractive. Therefore, I believe the social comparison about the aesthetics of body image has done enough to amplify the detrimental effects such as pathological and disordered thoughts. The effects of over-obsession on cosmetic surgery and disordered eating have become today’s status symbols and societal norms. It is important for every individual to accept and internalise the socially sanctioned standards of beauty.
So You Want To Act Like a Lady? For years women have been waxing, plucking and beautifying themselves for one reason and one reason only; because they think that is beauty. A woman is only classified as a lady if she can walk, talk and dress the part. The way that society has viewed femininity has changed immensely over the past hundred years, but acting like a tomboy or, heaven forbid, being strong and independent is looked down upon in the eyes of men and other women. Certain standards of ladylike demeanor have become outdated in today’s society, and women should be looked at as beautiful when strong and independent.
This causes both men and women to have completely warped notions of an ideal woman. These pervasive images prey on women’s insecurities about their body image and forces them to scrutinize each body part separately to achieve an unattainable goal of perfection. Women come in all shapes and sizes but you’d never know it from looking at these ads. Women have always been measured by cultural ideals of beauty and advertising exploits and reinforces stereotypes of women as sex objects. Although this ad targets insecure women from their teens all the way up to their 30’s, it also affects women and men of all ages.
The impossible-to-achieve standard of beauty causes pressure, body dissatisfaction, and eating disorders in women. Women can be pressured when it comes to the ideal image of beauty. Many women, especially in the media thinks they have control of their bodies and think that they are expressing themselves, when really they are not. Mary Kosut informs, “Younger generations of women have been socialized to embrace a more sexualized appearance as a form of empowerment . .
Physical appearance of the body has become a fundamental part of identity. To gain social acceptance in society, women feel pressured to meet the standards of what society recalls as beauty. Women have tried to get a liposuction or reconstruct their face to try and attain their significant other's attention and follow what the media depicts as appealing. By eliminating their own individuality, women try to attain this invalid image to feel more confident and feel more accepted. As society becomes more accepting to plastic/cosmetic surgery, women in society will no longer look unique and will become a master race that will eventually brainwash society as individuality will become extinct.
Women are bombarded with a constant stream of social networks and media paraphernalia telling them how to look and how to act. They then develop a socially based view on their appearance rather than an individually based one. While displaying some good qualities, media has an overall negative impact on women by creating problems such as a desire for conformity, eating disorders, and body dissatisfaction. Media has a heavy influence on women’s perception of themselves and conforming to the world has grown into a normal occurrence. Girls want to be deemed beautiful by society so badly that they will conform to any idea presented by the media (Piercy).
The song “Sexy Bitch” by Akon supports the idea that women are seen as sexual objects of men. “Im trying to find the words to describe this girl without being direspectful” shows how being called a “Sexy Bitch” is positively influenced. Although advertisements may be seen as harmless, one ought to recognize that the media has a large impact on a woman’s self esteem. Marketers use flawless models in their advertisements in order to attract women and induce marketing comsumption of their product. As women try to achieve their unrealistic body frame, women turn to extreme dieting, and eating disorders to achieve their goal.
), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else,” if this is the case why do people not abide by that? () “Beauty” is an intangible obsession that has yet to be explored properly. Is “beauty” really in the eye of the beholder?” Why do women feel the need to be “beautiful?” “Beauty” is a strong factor in women’s lives, but they do not control it; nature, race, and society depict what “true beauty” is, and because of those things a great percentage of women are insecure. Nature has the strongest connection to the ideology of “beauty.” In the biological standpoint, everything in nature is beautiful. Somehow, certain types of humans fail to meet that norm, according to other so call superior humans.