Today, mass media have defined beauty for an ideal woman, and established this ideology across the globe. This essay will argue the following (1) false perception of advertisements, (2) shadism, and (3) how females react to advertisements. (1): Advertisements gives females a false perception of beauty The media has promoted a dominant view of how people should perceive beauty, and what consists of perfection in beauty. According to Dr. Karin Jasper, the media have women encouraging them to be concerned with their outward appearance and how others perceive them by surrounding everyone with the ideal female beauty. (Jasper, 2000) Body image has become a particular concern for young girls and women, often females work diligently to attain the perfect body image advertised in mass media.
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There are so many forms of propaganda that surround our lives on a every day basis, and these negative messages persuade and shape our thoughts of perfection, of who we are, and who we ought to be. The beauty industry and its’ advertisements is one type of propaganda that ultimately characterizes the way we think of ourselves. The media is relentless in reminding us every chance they get why women need to be perfect and what we need to achieve that. There is endless pressure as women to have a perfect body and appearance. The beauty industry’s aim through advertisement is to make women feel as if we need to buy the beauty products in order to look and feel like the models on television, magazines, and in commercials.
Body image as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary “a subjective picture of one's own physical appearance established both by self-observation and by noting the reactions of others” Women are assaulted from all angles about what the perfect body is and how to get it. The media has a very influential effect on society. The media distorts and misrepresents beauty into something that is unattainable for women, especially young girls. Whether it is the airbrushed Victoria’s Secret model in magazines or advertisements about new weight loss options, women are more insecure and unhappy than ever before trying to achieve the ”perfect body” to make them happy. The media as well as our own issues with self-image has pushed the fashion industry into the multi-billion dollar machine it is today.
We are living in a world where the mass media play a predominant role in our daily lives and regardless of what we do, we are subconsciously being influenced by what they show us. Through the mass media’s portrayal of unrealistic images of women in general, we as consumers absorb these distorted concepts of beauty, and mould ourselves with accordance to what they see on these media. While it is noted that mass media does contribute to adverse opinions of the body image by females, and that it has been proven in certain studies that the amount of time spent using mass media is directly proportional to females’ perception of their body image, it has to be understood that their effects have a repercussion upon every female individual.
Two writers for the Academic Psychiatry Journal, Derenne and Bersin claim that society has always placed pressures on women to have the ideal body type, but with television, magazines, and movies today the pressure is far more than ever before. Throughout history women have always gone to extreme measures to attain the standard of female beauty beginning with the corset in the 19th century. The image of the “ideal woman” has changed drastically over the decades. For example, in the middle ages a plump, voluptuous female body was considered highly attractive, as it symbolized wealth and fertility. Later, in the... ... middle of paper ... ...ssue: Body Image and Eating Disorders, pp.
Media is all around us from television to billboards, making it difficult not to be influence by media in one way or another. Unfortunately, media has influence women to believe that in order for women to be considered beautiful, they must for fill the characteristics of what media considers beautiful. Hurting women both psychologically and physically. Leah Hardy (2010) argues that models in today’s magazines are no more than works of the digital retouching. Digital retouching is the use of computer program to remove unwanted impurities of the body, making a person look ideal.
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).
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.
Anyone who is familiar with American culture knows that these new standards for beauty is proliferated through the media. No matter the source, we are constantly surrounded by all kinds of media, and we continue to construct ourselves based on the images we see through the media. The more young girls are surrounded by the “thin ideal” kind of media, the more they will continue to be dissatisfied with their bodies and themselves. Thi... ... middle of paper ... ...fect on Women's Body Image - Hamilton College." Hamilton College.