Fat acceptance: A basic primer Critique essay Cynara Geissler’s article “Fat Acceptance: A Basic Primer” was first published in Geez Magazine in 2013. Geissler addresses a lot of issues about fat acceptance and how it is affecting our society and people’s attitudes towards over-weight people. One of the reasons why Geissler thinks that is because many health industries now days have a slogan “Thinner is better” and that makes over-weight people seem lazy or just not willing to put the effort to become better. Most importantly Geissler mentions that health industries and causing people to make a negative attitude towards overweight people which can be seen. Those are just some issues that this article touches upon, most importantly culture plays an important role in a person’s life which has a lot of value.
Cognitive body image includes the beliefs and self-statements about the appearance a person has about their body (e.g. attractive / unattractive). It is the picture one has in their mind about their appearance (i.e. size and shape) of their body (Delinsky, 2011:180). The emotional (affective) dimension relates to experiences of appearance.
In this essay I will be examining objectification in the media and the negative effects it may have on society. I began by thinking, what are some forms of objectification found in the media? I found that we have created this idealized image of how we should look and associated that image with success and happiness, “women’s magazine covers often place weight loss messages next to messages about one’s sex life, implying weight loss will lead to a better sex life And it is similar for men, except their image is based off of a sculpted muscular physique. With varied brands of protein powders and the latest bulk building methods plastered all over men’s magazines it’s difficult for them not to feel inadequate unless they are sporting six-pack
These types of sexual objectifications in the media affect women and their mentality on how to look in a social place. As examples, women start to be more concerned with their appearance. Even though they have a normal body measure, they start to feel inadequate or less beautiful in comparison to the overwhelming use of the extraordinarily attractive women. Men start to how unrealistic expectations about how women
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
Introduction: What is body image? Body image is our physical appearance which is defined as the representation of the body and including values about how people should look alongside other dimensions such as (height, size, age, color, attractiveness etc) and expressive way of thinking related to acceptance or rejection. Body image is also connected to self-esteem. What we think and what we feel about ourselves when we look in the mirror. Sometimes, its positive thinking, and we feel good about how we look.
In this ad, the woman clearly has power over the male when wearing this perfume; she is the alpha. Women often feel in relationships they are not as good as the opposite sex and their insecurities make them feel less powerful and taken advantage of. The way this ad is laid out and has the woman positioned, the way she gleams at the camera giving the image power, enhances her beauty and overall influencing young women. This ad uses their logo, bottle, and company in an effective way of targeting young women in relationships by giving off a feeling of power and having a positive demeanor. Lust, passion and guilt are shown between the models in this
According to Finley (2012) “average young woman’s perception of her body is fat”, we live in an era where perfection is the requirement to be accepted by society. An era where body image is so important for anything you do, people judge others by their looks rather than abilities or interests. Our role models are no longer an inspiration because of their ideas or contributions, a role model now days are those who can fit perfectly in body suits or tight dresses. We aspire for thinness and perfection, so, what is this thing that is making today’s youth in our forever quest for beauty? Media has been present since long time ago, they presented the ultimate fashion or the ideal body.
According to the NCAA, female athletes are more likely to develop eating disorders than male athletes. Athletes are supposed to watch what they eat and have a strict diet and fitness scheduled because they have to fit the image of the fit beautiful women. Athletes must deal with “competitive thinness” issues and tend to make unhealthy body comparisons in both the sport and societal environments (Thompson & Sherman, 2010). With female athletes uniforms being the way they are, their bodies are on display for the crowd and media which means they are constantly being judged by others and themselves as well as being compared to the other athletes who may not even have the same body types. How is it fair that both male and female perform the same sport but because male sports is more popular the females have to strip
The news broadcasted, printed, or diffused about celebrities and their lives and routines attract the attentions audience. In her article, “For the record,” Jenifer Anniston feels offended by the scrutiny and the objectivity of the media that puts the lives of celebrities and young women in danger. The objectification that celebrities are exposed to is dangerous and insane, while the scrutiny of how they look is a bad example for young women. The objectification that women are exposed to is bad, it is important to not to treat women more as objects than human beings. “The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty” (Anniston).
These are some of the athletes that influence the public’s idea of a great body. Unfortunately, some of these athletes suffer from disorders. Muscle dysmorphia, commonly described as “reverse anorexia,” is characterized by a person’s unhealthy obsession and dissatisfaction with his or her body size and muscularity. These individuals see themselves as small or frail even when they are big and muscular (Source 4). An American College of Sports Medicine press release mentions male athletes with this disorder and states, “These men tend to be at risk of abusing performance–enhancing drugs and supplements.” These muscular men that get their image through enhancers putting their health at risk are promoted as having a great body—causing teenage boys to want an unrealistic body unless they put their health at risk.
In the article “I won. I’m sorry.”, Mariah Burton Nelson shows viewers how tough to be female athletes in our society since many people still believe that sports are for men but women. They claim that femininity is about beauty, weakness, and uncompetiveness. Therefore, to be accepted as a real winner in sports games, besides wining the games, female athletes also have to win the audience approval in which female athletes has to present both strength and elegance. Moreover, female athletes have been facing an unfair coverage on the media.
Magazines, TV, music, books, and movies help one make decisions and take action whether consciously or subconsciously. This large sphere of influence, however, is not always beneficial for those who suffer victim to these forms of public entertainment. The medias version of beauty, shames those who are considered overweight and scares almost everyone into thinking that being thin is the only way to be pretty. Jolene Hart emphasis how important beauty is in the American culture in her book Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out: “There’s a multi-billion-dollar industry built on helping us achieve greater physical beauty” (Hart 33). By creating this manipulated and untrue image of beauty, the American culture encourages eating disorders like anorexia (undereating) and sustains obesity (overeating).
Next I asked Frank if he thought men or women had advantages in society or were they both about equal. Obviously this question evoked some laughing and deflecting because he was trying to avoid being sexist. Frank said that both males and females have advantages and disadvantages, he started off with the social reasons first saying that in general getting prepared for a day in far more intensive for females because most use make-up, do their hair, and jewelry. Whereas men typically do not car about their appearance as much as females and the process is far less elaborate. Granted all these statements were generalities, as I know many females whom are more manly than myself, but as a general statement I think that is fair to say, and I would agree with his point.