Wanted: Positive Body Images

analytical Essay
1912 words
1912 words

When walking down a junior high, high school, or college hallway, dorm room, or locker room, it’s not an uncommon occurrence to hear a young woman say something bad about either her body or another girl’s body. Negative comments from peers tend to instill a deeper impact than merely hurting a child’s feelings because they lead toward lowered self-esteem or confidence, and a possible increase in dieting, exercise or eating disorders. Young girls require illumination at an early age towards positive body images, in order to avoid these repercussions and the extremity of committing suicide such as demonstrated in “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy from 1973. No matter the passing time or the era the world is in, young women maintain affected by negative body images which need to truncate at an early age before it the negativity has a chance to resonate in their impressionable minds. Since young girls are brought up to have these bodily expectations that are at times unreasonable, sometimes expectations arise from other peers causing name-calling and negative comments to ensue causing devastating consequences. In Piercy’s poem she talks about girls growing up with their traditional toys such as dolls and lipsticks. (643) At first Barbie looks like a harmless toy that girls have played with for 52 years (Gelder, 116) but conceivably the doll starts the problem due to Barbie prevailing to remain not typical to the average human body stature. Casey Tallent and Dr. Jan Deeds work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Women’s Center in the gender studies segment. In particular, this pair organizes a workshop that they bring to schools as early as the middle school years. They proportion out Barbie to how she would look in real life. In realit... ... middle of paper ... ...iously under weight, and they’re setting a terrible example.” The Report Newsmagazine 8 Oct. 2001. General OneFile. Web 8 Feb. 2011. Maxfield, Christine. "Body love." Women's Health Mar. 2009: 24. General OneFile. Web. 10 Feb. 2011. Park, Jane Shin. “Thin Ice.” Teen Vogue Sept. 2009: 166. General OneFile. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. Piercy, Marge. “Barbie Doll.” Literature and the Writing Process. Boston: Longman, 2011. 643 Print. Traister, Aaron. “Love your whole body (hey, he loves his): when men look in the mirror, they flex and wink at themselves. Women, on the other hand, mutter aloud about last night’s carbs. Aaron Traister has an urgent plea: relax! To the guy at the other sink, you’re a total babe.” Redbook Nov. 2010: 102+. General OneFile. Web. 7 Feb. 2011. Van Gelder, Lindsy. "A Barbie: World." Allure Feb. 2009: 116. General OneFile. Web. 9 Feb. 2011.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that negative comments from peers lead to lowered self-esteem and a possible increase in dieting, exercise, or eating disorders. young girls need illumination at an early age towards positive body images to avoid repercussions and the extremity of committing suicide.
  • Explains that young women are affected by negative body images that need to truncate at an early age before it can resonate in their impressionable minds.
  • Argues that unless teens find the right information from legitimate sites that truly want to help, the internet doesn't save teens from obliterating weird eating habits.
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