Journal Entry: America The Beautiful In the documentary, America The Beautiful by Darryl Roberts, he is trying to understand what causes us obsess with physical beautify and not appreciate what truly makes women gorgeous. Throughout the documentary, Roberts follows twelve-year-old Gerren's modeling career and makes inferences about how a child is a new and impossible standard for older women to live up to. During the duration of the film; impossibly skinny and unhealthy models, beauty cosmetics, and marketing advertisements are analyzed to try to decipher what society makes women conform. Roberts states that we have become a society that measures beauty, and those who cannot measure up, do not have a purpose. The film shows how women are all victims of industries that promote their products and an impossible standard …show more content…
Essentially, industries decrease people self-esteem in order to make money and sell their advertised products. Companies advertise the “perfect” body that even the models do not have because of edited images, all the while contradicting themselves saying “be yourself”, then promoting unrealistic standards. Roberts inductive thesis fell at the end of the film, stating that the promise of being beautiful leading to a better life, is propaganda and that women’s health is not as important as corporate profit. The primary appeal in this documentary is the appeal to authority. For example, Mark Baptiste, a leading fashion photographer in the United States, explained that you cannot promote the average body because they will not make money, every photo is touched and edited since the goal is to make the image look perfect. Baptiste goes on to explain that the marketing industry is selling dreams, they need to make money and target people insecurities. Here you have a famous photographer whose has photographed many celebrities, like Paris Hilton, admitting
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Not Just a Bowl Beauty is one of the main foci in society today where selfies, beauty enhancement or plastic surgery, celebrities, and the media reign over society—constantly defining what people should aim for in terms of appearance. Appearances are everything to many people rather than inner beauty such as character and values. In turn, this beauty-obsessed world has led to people becoming more shallow, superficial, and unaccepting towards anything besides the “norm.” It is quite ironic to have a “norm” considering how each individual is different and live in different cultures and such. People are not meant to be or look the same neither should they adhere to a certain standard in which someone else has established.
The movie Miss Representation is about the problem that media focuses more on womens looks that they do of showing women in power. It shows clips of well known movies and television shows. It talks about the advertisements that show perfect women that only exist because of photo shopped. It shows clips of men talking badly about how women look. Women are portrayed as emotional, catty, child carrier, stupid, gold digger and bitchy.
It’s an argument we’ve all heard before and there are more than a few books that have tackled the subject. But what’s different from even the last three years is just how widespread the media has become. Today’s teens spend an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes absorbing media in just one day, which includes the amount of time spent watching TV, listening to music, watching movies, reading magazines and using the internet. This is a generation that’s been raised watching reality TV – observing bodies transformed on Extreme Makeover; faces taken apart and pieced back together on I Want a Famous Face. They are, as Tina Fey puts it, bombarded by "a laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful.”
The debate over nature vs. nurture is widely known, and many psychologists are trying to understand whether our personality is derived from our genes and DNA or our everyday lives. (McLeod, Saul A). But does this phenomenon also affect our viewpoints on important societal issues? An ongoing issue in our society is the concept of a “perfect body”, but what really fits into the term perfect, how may this idea affect individuals, and most importantly where does this idea come from nature or nurture? Keeping in mind all the influences a person has while growing up, it is safe to say that nurture is the reason why the theory of a perfect body is now integrated into the society.
Representation of race and class are very prominent in the world we live in, and have always been. Although there have been many studies about the representation, the media has not chosen to be averse to closing down stereotypes in terms of how they are viewed. Needless to say, there are many television shows or films that feature the notion of race, though this has not alleviated the situation because there will still be a lot of bad representation about a particular race versus another. In this essay I will analyze the message meted out by the advertisement; Feed a Child, 11/04/14 (1:00).
Modern society is infatuated with the idea of perfection. Magazines often present women on the covers with flawless hair, makeup, and bodies for common people to gaze upon. These women in the magazines are often retouched using the technology of Photoshop to edit out any “flaws” that, already beautiful, people have. Society has become obsessed with beauty and perfection, creating an aesthetic for people to strive for in their daily lives. Women invoke
We live in a world that bombards us with over-sexualised images to aspire to. This sets standards for both women and young girls which are unrealistic and unattainable. Society is becoming more and more sexualised, leading to future generations becoming obsessed with vanity and looks. "Our children should no longer be sacrificed on the altar of the obsession with celebrity culture and the 'beauty ' industry it has spawned." The media is constantly spewing out over-sexualised adverts which they shove down our throats.
The last message is to reach an unreachable standard of beauty, as the media only places value on the ‘perfect’ female body. This devaluation of body and mind leaves women feeling dehumanized, which then leads to score of emotional problems and
Also within the fashion world women feel the effects of the “cult-like worship” in terms of what physically attributes as ‘beautiful’, “It also peeks into the industry, including its relation to celebrity, plastic surgery, the faux-perfection of airbrushing of advertising and even child beauty pageants,” according to Alene Dawson from CNN. The sensation of feeling beautiful is all dependent in the person however things such as mass media, industry, and social effects can play a huge part on someone’s own personal sense of beauty. Due to mass media, industry, and social effects women can feel insecure and may want to change themselves based on what they think is beautiful. This overwhelmingly small and narrow standard of beauty derives from having the following: fair skin, blue eyes, blonde long hair, and most importantly is thin. America has changed to some extent from this ideal but however women all over the world feel pressured to some extent to fit into society’s vision in what women are supposed to look like which leads to them getting
The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy suggests that girls are fatally and ultimately entrapped by society's definition of what feminine beauty and behavior is. In our society we believe that women should be perfect. We want women to be as flawless as a Barbie doll and in doing so we create many struggles for women because no one can ever achieve that goal. The poem gives off a sense of irony when “society” compares a young girl to a Barbie doll. Our society has an ideal that was created by the influences of popular media and culture that is impossible for anyone to reach.
The first time I ever saw a child beauty pageant on television, I couldn't help but smile. The little five-year-olds were so adorable! They were all dressed up with their hair and makeup done: something I loved to do when I was young too. Like most other young children, I would wear poofy dresses or “high heels” whenever I had the opportunity. This seems exactly like what kids do for beauty pageants.
Has society really made humans think that beauty is the ultimate answer to life? Unfortunately, beauty is a major distraction to everyone, especially women. In the essays, “The Ugly Truth about Beauty,” written by Dave Barry and “A Woman’s Beauty: Put Down or Power Source?”, written by Susan Sontag these writers describe what beauty is all about in women’s eyes but with different views and cultures. Men seem to have a different perspective on beauty. It seems that women are more pressured to look a certain way in order to feel accepted by society.
Small waist, long limbs, perfect long flowing and shiny hair, no blemishes, perfectly straight and white teeth, just the right amount of assets. A description that seems to fit every model and “it girl” society glamorizes in media and ads. Paul Suggett in his article The Objectification of Women in Advertising speaks out about the effects and points out why women desire to look like the ‘it girls’ in media. “Women, from the same early age, are told they must look like this woman. They should aim to have those long legs, perfect skin, beautiful hair, and incredible body” (Suggett).
When looking at advertisements of products even made by women one will see young models that are underweight wearing little to no clothing trying to sell something like makeup. Women make up 85 percent of televised consumer purchasing power. Women of all ages see these advertisements of the underweight, tall, barely clothed women. Females see that as beauty making them thinks that the makeup will make them just as “beautiful’ as the women in the ad. The effect of this problem is millions of anorexic women thinking they need pound of make up trying to live up to the expectation of today's societies.
For this post, I chose to talk about the sexualization of young girls and women in the entertainment industry. It is known that the entertainment field, and specifically the advertisement discipline, has a big influence on the behaviors and attitudes of our society. The advertising of our times has deformed the concept of beauty and I think this is one of the biggest ethical dilemmas in the entertainment field. Companies and brands have always used, as a persuasive approach, the bodies and faces of “beautiful” models. These models represent an unrealistic beauty portrayal.