The stringent standard Barbie-doll proportions of body image and what is considered beautiful in today’s media has resulted in devastating effects on adolescent women. The images displayed of women who have long beautiful legs, thin waist lines and smooth flawless skin are very hard to ignore. Throughout history the female body has been on display as a selling tool to coerce people into buying that new fancy car or the latest new appliance that can make their everyday lives easier. Commercials of the extremely thin Kelly Ripa can act as a mantra of what a modern day picture perfect house wife should look like standing beside her magical ovens and washing machines. There are also constant ads on billboards, TV, magazines and in shopping malls of size zero girls in the latest fashion designs. The media can be applauded on its successful campaigns that have made young girls accustomed to striving to live up to the narrow, often uniform standards of what a beautiful girl should look like. Television shows like “Gossip Girl”, “Beverly Hills 90210” and movies like “Mean Girls” bombard young girls the media’s current trend of what is considered beautiful. Even at the tender ages between 3-to-10 years old, young girls are plagued by images in the media. These girls see fairy tale princesses like Disney’s’ (Ariel) The Little Mermaid, (Belle) from Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella and princess (Jasmine) Aladdin. They are all featured with very small waists and ideal symmetric facial features with very well proportioned curves that will surely catch the eye of any prince. These types of images are etched in the minds of girls when they are at a young age which leads them to turn to the media as a gu...
... middle of paper ...
...ucated and equipped to handle media propaganda. Once they are informed how to critically view some of the negative images that exploit young women, they can then associate these unrealistic body images as unhealthy and immoral. Until then the media’s unrealistic standard of the female body will continue to be exploited for nothing more than profit.
Gapinski, Katherine D, Kelly D Brownell and M LaFrance. "Body Objectification and "Fat Talk"." Effects on Emotion,Motivation, and Cognitive performance, Sex Roles 1 May 2003: 377-78.
Orbach, Susie. Bodies. New York: Picador, 2009.
Our Bodies Ourselves, Health Resource Center. 2005. 4 April 2011
Willis, Laurie. The Culture Of Beauty. Detroit: Christine Nasso, 2010.
Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth. New York: Bantham Doubleday, 1991.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Media has become a significant component within society. While media provides many pros, it supplies various cons as well. One very prominent fault that the significance of media has is its visual depiction of women. There is an abundance of media portraying women to have ideal bodies, and this undoubtedly has a negative effect on adolescent girls. Two of the many effects of media on females are depression and self esteem issues, as well as eating disorders. Unfortunately, body dissatisfaction caused by media is becoming more and more common.... [tags: women, beauty, health, self-esteem, depression]
1018 words (2.9 pages)
- In today’s society, the media, whether it is through television or social media has a negative impact on adolescent girls. The media is very prevalent on pushing a propaganda on young women that their bodies are not good enough or that they should have certain features that are no way normal or obtainable. This propaganda is known as the Thin-Ideal. The Thin-Ideal with the media’s help is causing some young girls to have low self-esteem, extreme health issues, and depression which can be brought on by body dissatisfaction.... [tags: Anorexia nervosa, Eating disorders]
1009 words (2.9 pages)
- The Effect of Media Images on Women’s/Girls Self- Perceptions People are more likely to judge the image of themselves by what they see in the media. The mass media surrounds us with images of the “thin ideal” for females, an ideal that has become increasingly thin since the 1950’s and thus increasingly unrealistic for most girls and women” (Stice, E. & Shaw, H.E., 1994). In the past and present, the mass media has been surrounding girls and women with the ideal thin image for females. This affects the majority of female’s self-esteem and confidence in a negative way.... [tags: self-esteem, unrealistically thin bodies]
878 words (2.5 pages)
- Everywhere you turn society is being presented with images of perfection, beauty, or sexuality. Some of these images represent unrealistic or unreachable expectations and can be truly harmful. It is common to see women exploited in reality TV shows and music videos. Young women are also influenced by the images that they see in commercials, billboards, internet sites, and movies. These images serve to harm a woman’s self confidence and also are affecting their overall health. Today’s mass media messages are having a negative effect on how women perceive themselves.... [tags: The Media]
1206 words (3.4 pages)
- This world has become immersed in online media from socializing on networking sites to seeking information on search engines. People of all ages have become reliant on online media, but the most engaged users are the younger, more easily impacted generations. Although there are many positive uses for online media, there are many negative uses as well. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for these negative effects to impede upon the perceptions of adolescents. Some countries have been trying to reduce this effect by expelling the inappropriate content of online media ("Influence on Children Media...”).... [tags: Online Media, Social Networks, Search Engines]
1470 words (4.2 pages)
- 1. Introductory Statement It is no secret that the current generation is obsessed with media. You cannot walk anywhere without seeing teenagers, adults, and even kids using technology and social media. Everywhere you look there are ads to purchase the latest and greatest clothing, technology, or beauty products. Television standards have been lowered by the FCC and shows with explicit content have now taken over television leaving teenagers to idolize a lifestyle that is not to their best interest.... [tags: television, limitations, adolescent]
1688 words (4.8 pages)
- The media is often blamed for having a negative influence on adolescent life. Whether it is presented by means of television shows, magazines, advertisements, news, radio or any other means in which people communicate, the media displays an identity to these adolescents that society deems as sexual appeal and is characterized by sex, quality or state of being sexual. Media portrayals add to confusion on personal image, and can affect ones outlook on competition and violence (Federman, 1998). The media influences adolescents’ psychological and physical development during their cognitive development stage when it’s exposed to them (Schmidt, 2008).... [tags: Impact of Media on Children]
2548 words (7.3 pages)
- The Role of Media on Body Dissatisfaction in Adolescent Girls Through the shaping of an ideal that measures thinness as a means of beauty and success, many individuals in today’s society are in discontent with their bodies. Young women are at particularly high risk for experiencing feelings body dissatisfaction because of the contributions of sex-role expectations and the various portrayals depicted by the media. As described by Tompson and Stice (2001) (as cited in Clark & Tiggemann, 2007), because many women cannot meet the unrealistic societal standard of a perfectly toned and slender figure, many feel a discrepancy between their actual and ideal self, causing a body dissatisfaction.... [tags: Mass media, Media influence, Marshall McLuhan]
1091 words (3.1 pages)
- Media is everywhere. From T.V commercials to popular magazines, media exist. It has created norms that people have adopted in their everyday lives. Women have been forced to believe that they are inferior to men and are incompetent individuals. Society has given women the short end of the stick. Woman have been led to a corner of insecurity and despondency due to the reprehensible effect of the media. There are many aspects that the media tries to alter about women, however, the media’s effect on women’s body image is greatly recognized.... [tags: media and body image]
1331 words (3.8 pages)
- Today’s media is playing a huge role in the lives of everyday women and the way that they think about themselves and how they should look. This portrayal of unattainable beauty has effect women and young adolescent girls the most. The number one wish for girls ages 11 to 17 is to be thinner, and girls as young as five have expressed fears of getting fat (Tiggemann, 1996). The medias usage of ultra thin and beautiful models are leading to eating disorders and depression and other mental disorders in women.... [tags: media, media and women, women's studies]
1005 words (2.9 pages)