(Stereotype of woman in society) Woman in the media are portrayed everyday through false images and exemplars in todays society. The media portrays girls to be young, skinny and attractive, and if you do not have these qualities, you “fail” as a woman. In fact, no matter where we go, women are constantly reminded of these false images they must portray. For instance if you open up a magazine there will probably be endless amounts of advertisements of girls selling their body for certain products, or symbolizing themselves for just beauty, instead of their education or self worth. Overall due to the media people are getting the wrong representation of woman.
therefore example, if someone put a picture of girl with a big butt in the cover of a magazines and it is not her real butt then other girls are gonna start changing their body because they want to look like that. Girls get the idea of a perfect body from social media. Therefore, girls should not be paying attention to what other girls look like. Girls use photoshopping to hide their image when sharing on social media(Mclean). This means that they use it when they want to post their pictures online.
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). Being surrounded by society’s definitions of beauty has definitely taken a toll on American women’s confidence.
Everyone knows a teenage girl who isn’t self-confident because she isn’t pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, funny enough, etc. It has gotten to the point where girls will go to extreme limits to become what the media teaches them. I hate when a girl says that she is ugly. It breaks my heart because they are beautiful inside and out. They just can’t see it because the media and society show them what they “should look like.” But everyone goes through this.
In Cindy Pierce’s article, “How Objectifying Social Media Affects Girl’s Body Image More Than You Think,” she argues that society controls how girls and women see themselves, and this will not be solved until they stop caring what other people think. Things celebrities and people we know post online make girls feel inadequate to the standards of others and in effect makes them unhappy with what they look like. Pressure is starting to build on girls at an early age and into adult hood to reach this standard of beauty set by social media. The only way to escape this feeling of being unworthy or less than the ladies in magazines is to become numb to the idea that women are not good enough. Women in magazines are photoshopped to sell products to help women reach the standard the internet has set.
In the reading, “Two ways a Woman Can get Hurt ” by Jean Kilbourne, Kilbourne starts off with how in today’s society woman in advertisements are degraded and sexualized. Basically, the media and advertisements use woman’s bodies as objects to sell whatever it is that they are selling. Kilbourne also states that often these pictures can be somewhat pornographic. Kilbourne goes on with explaining that when you use pornographic-like images it exploits woman and only does them harm. When everything is so sexualized in today’s society it makes the power-less more vulnerable and at risk.
This can be through campaigns or other means. In conclusion, Teal has a persuasive argument. It is social injustice for magazine publishers and advertisers to take advantage of women and young girl’s insecurity in an attempt to sale the products. These images of unhealthy women published cause more harm and ill, than good. It affects both young and old, leads to depression, anorexia, bulimia, low self-esteem.
Sexy Inc.: A Critical Look at the Hypersexualization of Childhood, is a documentary about the overt sexualization of girls in today's society. The documentary showed girls of various ages reacting to how women are represented in today’s media. They showed the girls media advertisements, music videos, and dolls that depict women as highly sexualized and sex objects. The sociologists in the film were discussing how the media is portraying girls as sexual objects and how forcing these ideals onto them at such young ages is destroying our society. The first social structure that children are influenced by is their family.
For many women, their whole life is consumed by trying to fit in. Also, the author states in lines 15-16 that “Her good nature wore out like a fan belt,” shows how hard she has tried just to try and be what society wants her to be. In today’s society especially seeing all of these celebrities on the internet and TV and how good they look makes women try even harder to fit that certain image that society portrays women out to be. Society is a very harmful thing, it pressures many people into believe that what is fake is real. In the eyes of society if you
The media negatively influences female perception of the body image in America. Advertisements, magazines, billboards and commercials portray women to be thin and flawless. The media’s perception of the perfect body image causes women to have a low self-esteem that can influence eating disorders, such as, bulimia and anorexia. Media influences cause women to look at image rather than personality, and creates a negative opinion about heavy people. Advertisements such as magazines and billboards spend thousands of dollars to persuade women to be uncomfortable in their own skin.