Yet today in our society the propagation of these ideal body types through various media outlets contradicts everything said earlier. If beauty is judged by what's inside then why are there such high, unrealistic standards set for women? And why do major media companies alter the images to hide any flaw a person has? This is a major factor that leaves many women unhappy with their own body type, as they do not look like the model on the front cover of the magazine; who “allegedly" represents society's ideal body type with traits that include: large eyes, a small nose, a slim waist, broad hips, large breasts, long legs and more traits that are a far cry from the average woman's size. However, it is fundamental to understand how all such front covers are heavily edited to extenuate certain parts to give the model her flawless and perfect
Body image issues stem from the need that some women have to be accepted within the society, their struggles with acceptance may lead to them having distorted body images where even if psychologists give them information to counter their image they are unable to embrace themselves. This may result in the women doing things that compromise their health and in extreme conditions it may lead to death. The signs that a women with a negative self/body image may display are avoiding social situations due to their appearance, always wearing heavy makeup, believing that they would be happier with themselves if they change the way they look and believing that the way she looks prevents her from doing certain activities. These ideas thus increases the women’s body image anxiety especially around people who are unfamiliar to her or people who are said to be
Beauty pageants have a negative effect on female adolescents, because of low self esteem, children growing up too fast, and beauty enhancements performed on young girls. Self esteem and and bad relationships are effects on girls from participating in beauty pageants. Many young girls are also taught that they’re beauty is the most important thing. Furthermore many young girls have low self esteem from watching and competing in beauty pageants. According to psychologists, it is unhealthy for girls to watch and compete in pageants.
This shows the negative reaction of males to females expressing their desire to be beautiful. Modern society shames young girls for being “Slutty” because of what they wear, which is still a problem in the society you and I live in. How would you react to seeing an eight year old girl wearing makeup?
This simply says that some of the women do put make-ups to be beautiful because they believe being an attractive person gives them more chance to have a better and longer relationship with a man. “Makeup poses a unique dilemma for women: although women in the United States may encounter literature that warns them of the safety of their cosmetics, women who do not wear makeup may be confronted by sociological reports about how abstaining from the makeup industry puts them at a social disadvantage in comparison to their makeup wearing peers.” (Buegeler, 2015). It says that makeups give disadvantages in every woman who wore no makeups because they were compared to others to their peers who wore make-ups.
Women have social pressures to conform to particular ways of behaving and looking. The pressures are so huge not all women are aware of such situations. The women are so use to living to conformed ways we label the ones who actually act normal as “weird and abnormal”. Piercy shows how we are unconscious of what’s happening, how a regular girl that is going through puberty judge so badly for being normal. Our social and cultural construct on women’s values society has created has only been about making a profit.
The media portrays these unrealistic standards to men and women of how women should look, which suggests that their natural face is not good enough. Unrealistic standards for beauty created by the media is detrimental to girls’ self-esteem because it makes women feel constant external pressure to achieve the “ideal look”, which indicates that their natural appearance is inadequate. There has been an increasing number of women that are dissatisfied with themselves due to constant external pressure to look perfect. YWCA’s “Beauty at Any Cost” discusses this in their article saying that, “The pressure to achieve unrealistic physical beauty is an undercurrent in the lives of virtually all women in the United States, and its steady drumbeat is wreaking havoc on women in ways that far exceed the bounds of their physical selves” (YWCA).
(Malkin, 2005) Women mostly have unequal access to health services and education, face glass ceiling at work place. Social customs that force or encourage girls into early child bearing and teenage marriages have dangerous and direct consequences for their health. There are much high levels of brutality and violence against women almost in all nations around the world. This could be among their families where it is treated a normal custom.
She is not the one to blame, unless of course she really did something horrible to you. But then you might ask yourself, Was she horrible to me because... of this exact issue we're talking about? Is she fearfully scrambling for beauty commodity in herself and projecting it outward? Like the rest of us are grappling with in some form every day?
Also it leads to complicacies because of the dearth of laws regarding them. It gives recognition to women in a negative way which is not desirable. Legalizing Prostitution Expands the Sex Industry:
In conclusion, media consumption plays a imperative role in the consumer consumption, especially in teenagers. Often we are bombarded with negative propaganda and negative messages that can lead to hating our self-image and lowering our self- confidence. It is alright and healthy to look like a woman, curves. It is not healthy to look emaciated and malnourished. Beauty is not about how many ribs you can see, or how bony your legs are.
"If you ask men about their body image, they will tell you they look better than they do. And if you ask a woman, she'll tell you she looks worse", (Gloria Steinem, 2014). This quote explains the mentality men and women have about body image. Nowadays, there are many impacts on women based on their bodies than there is on men. In the essay "Distorted Images", (Susan McClelland, 2017) social media, environmental pressure and advertising link to the theme of body image.
How do people see themselves in the mirror? The way your body is represents who an individual is as a person. Everybody looks different. Even though everyone has an opinion about what they would want to look like. Changing one's personal features would take away from simply being them.