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Literature Review Images within today’s mass media have had a tremendous effect on the influences of the female body image. In order to understand the details of body image it must be define. Body image will be defined in two different definitions, one from the Webster Dictionary and the other from The Online Dictionary. Within the Webster Dictionary, body image is defined as “a subjective picture of one's own physical appearance established both by self-observation and by noting the reactions of others.” The Online Dictionary defined it as “an intellectual or idealized image of what one’s body is or should be like that is sometimes misconceived in such mental disorders as anorexia nervosa.” There tends to be criteria of a “norm” that females have to attain in order to be completely accepted by society. Mass media has had constant change which makes it harder for women to maintain the desire image. With all the new trends and fashion it’s hard for them to keep up and try to key up by any means necessary. Throughout the years, there has always been an ideal image of what women are supposed to look like, in the fifties, Marylyn Monroe was that face. The research on this subject is used primarily is to find reasons why the media has such of an effect on women. Things such as depression, eating disorders, social factors, and are the main focal points of this subject. In the American Western culture body image is a huge factor for women, it distinguishes personality. For example in Dion and colleagues studies in the 1970’s came to a conclusion that beautiful is good, this idea of beautiful makes it hard for people who are not of the “norm” to live in this Western Culture society. Beautiful is possessing qualities that give great pleas... ... middle of paper ... ...ating disorders tie into so many harmful addictions, and the mass media is the number one addiction that leads to all of these issues. To conclude we looked at the effects of mass media and how it makes females perceive themselves when it comes to body image. As well as looked at the different types of eating disorders that gets triggered through the depression of not reaching the “ideal” image. The subtopics were how deadly the depression can get. The pressure of the media could also lead to drug abuse, and through survey we will attempt to find a resolution as to how body image cam be viewed in a positive fashion. As we continue to research the means of the “norm”, it will try to create a change that begins to break the false image of the mass media. This research went into detail of every aspect of body image and the pressure of getting the mass media look.
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