Growing up we are surrounded by the media, and without acknowledging what is taking place, we are formed into gender roles that dictate our perspective and place in society. I remember opening my very first Seventeen Magazine. Flipping the pages I found images of beautiful girls, expensive clothing, and what would be, my very first diet plan. Headlines filled the pages on ways to improve your physical appearance, how to make all the boys want you, and what you would have to buy in order to make this happen. As a girl I did not question the path that these popular sources of media were leading me down. My friends and I would crowd around the television screen watching depictions of women that we envied. Beautiful, rich girls and the perfect romances they attracted. Now that I’m older and more aware, I sometimes question who actually lives like this? How can the media set a standard for women that the average girl can never achieve? The media is sending a negative message to young girls. Instead of trying to expand their knowledge and develop a superior sense of self, they are trying to fit into a size two pair of jeans. Young girls are being swept into a world of powerful messages telling them how to dress, how to act, and how to be, what they would consider, a woman.
The media comes in many forms, but the most publicized outlet would have to be the vast expanding movie industry. These well constructed films are developed for the purpose of entertainment and pleasure. Young viewers watching these feature films are not only gaining a sense of entertainment, but they are now consumed with the stereotypical roles of the actresses filling the big screen. When I think about beautiful, caddy,...
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...f humor. We all concede to viewing the media because that is what our society considers entertainment. Should we base our self-image off of what a well paid consulting team and group of marketers deems beautiful?
America the Beautiful. Dir. Darryl Roberts. Perf. Ted Casablanca, Eve Ensler, and Paris Hilton. First Independent Pictures, 2007.DVD
"Eating Disorders Statistics « National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders." National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Web. 23 Feb. 2011.
Mean Girls. Dir. Mark Waters. Perf. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Jonathan Bennett. Paramount Pictures, 2004.DVD
"Report of the 2010 Plastic Surgery Statistics." American Society of Plastic Surgeons: The Resource for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Web. 23 Feb. 2011.
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