“In our society women stand for the side of life that seems to be outside history—for personal relationships, love and sex – so that these aspects of life actually seem to become women’s areas.” (Williamson 101). As the writer uses this quote from Williamson she states that the content of magazines like Cosmo are unnecessary, and downright humiliating for women. The writer also argues that the magazine should include concepts such as politics, economics or global issues. Now this argument she makes, is a reason for me to drift away from her thoughts and oppose her idea. In my opinion the author weakens her argument by stating such a thing.
Serious implications of the thin ideal are widespread in Western women, who are constantly bombarded by such images. The task of paying attention to oneself’s body image causes other cognitive and behavioural functions to suffer. It has been considered that extended exposure to such advertising can lead to women living vicariously through the models and actresses displayed in magazines and on television. The study proves that media pressure has inundated much of the young female population who will stop at nothing to achieve the perceived ‘perfect’ body image (Harper and Tiggemann
The majority of modern society’s advertising conveys an oppressive message to American women. In advertisement campaigns, women are typically only considered and marketed as beautiful if they fit a very specific mold that society has created. Women who don’t fit this mold of being feminine, thin, and pretty are shamed and encouraged to change. However, it isn’t just the “ugly” women who are shamed in the media. There is a consistent message that runs throughout advertisements that suggests that women are lesser than men, and that they exist solely for the benefit of men.
When it comes to her love life though, Shazzer cannot completely follow her radical feminist belief and act as though having to wait for a call from a potential love interest had no effect on her. She clearly despises men’s superior role to women in society and tries to tackle this problem by stating her opinion and acting on her beliefs (being a solid believer in sisterhood and putting it over her relationships with men). Shazzer’s character in the novel does not completely fulfill the role of a feminist cliché but she definitely has some characteristics that match up with stereotypical definitions of radical feminists. These character features might prove to be problematic for the novel’s recipients as it is not an obvious ironic presentation of the media’s image of feminist activists and could be understood as criticism on feminism: Readers who believe these feminist images could feel vindicated in their
The study of intellectual powers starts between two sexes, with men simply claiming more education and rights in society. The documentary, Miss Representation explores how media’s often degrading the portrayals of women. Jane Fonda said, “Society is toxic to young girls”, in relation most advertising discriminates women. Majority of the time media is used to make women look weak, it usually contradicts gender portrayal guidelines, based on the sexuality, authority, violence, and language content. I personally think that all of this is true, media reinforces the gender stereotype that men are always looking to attract women; and women are merely the objects looking to get caught.
Imposed conformity to social norms suppresses individuality. Following the dictates of society’s sexual expectations stifles character. Sex is a subject often avoided by women. Talking about sex with or in front of a woman is frowned upon in most societies. In order to remain desirable, a woman is expected to keep up with the ridiculous expectations built up about their sexuality.
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.
Does the same holds true for men as well, can women not accurately portray men? This, unfortunately, is a shallow argument that attempts to mitigate the abilities of authors. It is not a matter of incompetency that prevented authors before Austen from portraying women with greater detail and in more leading roles. Instead, it is societal norms that prevented women from being represented truthfully, and from being the center of any story worth note. As described by Gillian Skinner, “The public law of all women, sole and covert, may be easily described: in public law there was no place for them” (91).
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.
Gender stereotypes are unrealistic, so why is it still pressured upon people to comply with them? The stereotype that women are expected to have a hourglass figure illustrates the illogical idea that women are only good for their bodies and not for the skills that they have developed. This stereotype still exists because companies chose to model slimmer women for their company’s products because they believe that their clothes look better on them than larger women. This concept has led to millions of women concerned about their looks than their health; often leading to disorders and even death. Although the public is advertising the stereotype that women should have an hourglass figure, women are born in different shapes and sizes, making it