There is a lot of controversy when it comes to the issue in whether or not females have excessive pressure to have the perfect bodies. This issue has led to many concerns. Therefore, some individuals argue that females should just be happy with their own personal image. However, 1 out of every 10 teens tried to end their lives because they were experiencing depression and they just wanted to fit in. There is too much pressure on females to have the ideal body image.
Celebrities are people we look up to, and because we look up to them, we would do anything to be like them. Take Blake Lively for example. She is a well known actress, and many people strive to look like her. If looking like her would include buying expensive makeup, we would do it. This could comprise of buying the $54 Naked 3 Palette or the $37 tube of lipstick that is only that expensive because of its brand name, Chanel.
Are you good or pretty enough? Alessia Cara’s new song talks about the struggle that women go through to fit into or society. “Scars to Your Beautiful” brings up a topic that a lot of other Pop singers are bringing up on their songs. Even if women have achieved a lot of rights, society still has a lot of high expectations about them. The main one that Alessia Cara shows in her song is about “beauty” but these other artists like Madonna and Beyonce also talk about how society expects women to behave.
The obsession to lose weight is sometimes due to women being continuously pressured by some influential factors. These factors include models, physical attractiveness or even being peer pressured by a member of their family. However the most powerful factor is models in magazines that happen to have what people call perfect bodies. Models are responsible for human beings craving the ‘perfect’ body. The media is responsible for young girls becoming self conscious after buying thin Barbie dolls, thinking being skinny, fake and blonde is the correct way to go.
From the perfect body going from Marilyn Monroe who had curves to models now size zero bodies that are clearly unrealistic for almost all women today. The effect of this is 10 million women struggling with anorexia. Thirteen million women binge eating, and females ages fifteen to twenty-four are twelve times more likely to die from an eating disorder than all other causes of death. Second, abuse of drugs and alcohol. Statistics Canada states seventy-three percent of teens girls who drink say that do it to take their mind off “the real world”.
As a result of media consumption, these women continue to be victimized by discrimination and objectification in their day-to-day lives. The media plays an important role in influencing the people’s understanding towards the world. Even though the effects per individual are difficult to evaluate, it is evident that they have a widespread impact on society. As a result, this ethnically ambiguous group is dehumanized and stereotyped into a porcelain silent figure. In some cases, Asians in the Americas undergo plastic surgery in order to enhance facial structure and overall appearance to meet the standards of western beauty.
The majority of girls in today’s society have looked at a model in a magazine or on television and wished they looked like them. The media presented in this generation has impacted women on how they feel towards their body image. Media presents unrealistic women as the “ideal,” making this culture of girls feel dissatisfied with themselves. This is a problem because with plenty of girls already feeling unsatisfied with their body, by using unrealistic models, it creates a further problem with wanting to change themselves by doing dangerous actions such as eating disorders. It’s difficult to cut out the media impact but surely, something can be changed.
In today’s society, consumers expose themselves to thousands of advertisements every single day; yet, many fail to realize the effects that these products being sold by advertisements have on certain groups in our society, particularly women. Specifically, advertisements today do not just sell products; instead, they sell the impression that women are objects of men, especially in a sexual sense. As a result, it is important to understand that the constant sexual objectification of women in advertising has led to a change in our society by creating a culture that strives for the unobtainable image of beauty that consumers see on advertisements
Girlhood is the period of a young girl’s life where she gets to decide what she likes, what she doesn’t like, and who she wants to be. This time is crucial because these decisions, whether progressive or regressive, will help her develop into to a teenager, and then a young woman. But girlhood is being heavily influenced by society’s popular culture, and this influence can prove to be positive or negative for young girls’ futures, as well as the spectating society. Perhaps the biggest and most negative influence on girlhood is the concept of sexualization. This concept can be applied to many aspects of girlhood, but merchandizing and consumerism will be discussed in this paper.