For instance, “Beauty pageants are beneficial to society because they supply contestants with necessities such as communication, confidence, they foster goals, and teach discipline”(Wickman). But, beauty pageants teach young girls to be competitive. First of all, “The chronic competitiveness of 5- and 6- year olds is often hard for parents to handle” (Levine). If children are already competitive, throwing beauty pageants into the mix isn’t going to make the situation any easier to deal with. Also, “While you’d think pageant parents would know better, ugly rivalries between them often emerge in the competitive field.
Women can be astronauts, doctors, leaders, business people...anything that they set their mind to. Instead in our real culture, we are teaching girls that to be accepted in this society, you have to be unintelligent and sexy. If we instead advertised more positive messages to young girls, I think that our society could benefit by a new generation of empowered females who don’t feel that it is necessary to be sexual. Sexy Inc really opened my eyes to massive amount of advertising that our society has become numb to. We should focus on family as a social structure and teach parents that these outside influences, like the media, celebrities and overly sexual dolls, are affecting young girls and causing them to think that being sexual at such a young age is appropriate.
This is stating that today's media is based off as a specific appearance which is bias and should be promoting that teens should be embracing their natural beauty. “One study reports that at age thirteen, fifty-three percent of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies, this grows to seventy - eight percent by the time girls reach seventeen” (SafeTeens, National Eating Disorder Association). Teens should be learning that the way that they look does not describe what kind of person they are or how successful they’ll become. The media continues to advertise beauty product to promote covering up specific flaws, whether it’s someone’s eyes, nose, mouth or body. Mass Media programs should be encouraging teens to love who they are and what they are given.
According to Slater and Tiggemann (2015), “media’s constant focus on female bodies and body parts seamlessly aligns viewers with an implicit sexualizing gaze” (p.377). These images can cause adolescent girls to view their image as bad and do things in order to achieve the “perfect body”. The media has led adolescent girls to be concerned with their weight and body shape, which has led many to dieting and abusing their body to be the perfect
I'm going to be a woman..." (Orwell 2.149). She expects clothing to make her feel better about herself, but the truth remains that dwelling on this belief will only create a loop of discontentment. Similarly, today's society expects positive things to come from self-indulgence, but this idealism backfires regardless of one's social class. A study by the National Academy of Sciences explores the negative effects of materialism on people through behavioral tests of upper-class citizens versus lower-class citizens when it came to stealing, lying, cheating, etc. "Data from the study demonstrated that upper-class individuals' unethical tendencies were partially accounted for by their more favorable attitudes toward greed" (Oliver).
Unfortunately, it has become an issue for the younger generation, as we see in Piercy’s poem. When it comes to “Barbie Doll” the author has negative feelings about it because when it comes to the younger generation and society today, it is highlighting body image issues. After reading each stanza, one can dictate that Piercy intended to bring awareness to the subject, announcing it’s a Social Protest poem. Apart of the poem “To every woman a happy ending,” (Piercy 25) possess the hidden sarcasm that Piercy intended the reader to pick up on. The idea surrounding the sarcastic quote acts as a lie in society, because happy endings are fairy
In the essay “A Woman’s Body: Put Down or Power Source” by Susan Sontag and excerpt from the film “America the Beautiful” directed by Darryl Roberts, it emphasizes the “power of beauty” .Women are fascinated with a beauty that is unreal, made-up, and doesn’t exist. Young adults are unhappy with their bodies because of the unachievable standards of beauty portrayed in social media, several aspects of video and print media. This unhappiness causes young adults to obsess with achieving an unrealistic body image which in turn, causes low self -esteem and excessive dieting which can also lead to eating disorders such as anorexia. Young adults feel rejected because of their looks, provoking dissatisfaction and unhappiness with their appearance.
The idolization of slim figures are blinding teenagers to believe it is a necessity to practice these methods. As Blaid describes society’s perspective, “If you develop an eating disorder when you are already thin to begin with, you go to the hospital. If you develop an eating disorder when you are not thin to begin with, you are a success story,”(26-27) this is to point out how society has manipulated the point of view on health conditions to be viewed as a
The competitions usually have cash prizes for the "Supreme" winner. Some also get scholarships for better education. Practicing and staying in shape for these Pageants teach young women with discipline and pride in their personal appearance. But kids have also lost their sense of innocence quickly because of the inappropriate outfits they are required to wear for the judges to score them higher. By the things like putting extra pads in the butt and chest area, we are making the child feel like they are "older."
The double standard of aging describes the inconsistent view our culture has placed on age between males and females. Society and media push for women to remain young as it is believed beauty is lost as they age, whereas males do not have as much pressure to consider age with their appearance. The standard for women to look young as a measure of beauty impacts their sense of beauty and self-worth to a higher degree than men (Hillier, 2015). This double standard persists today due to the constant reminder of appearance seen in all forms of media and casual conversations amongst peers. Marketing agencies have recognized this to be a huge venue for sales as they produce products attempting to preserve the look of being young.