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.
Teal Pfeifer in her short story “Devastating Beauty” discusses the effect of portraying skinny ladies/models that are wear dress size 0 or 1 as the ideal body size in most advertisements. The author points out the fact that,this can be damaging to most women, especially young women who view these adverts. The young women who see these adverts begin to feel displeased with their bodies, and a vast majority of them venture into different kinds of diet. She further emphasized that adult females are not the only ones affected, but also young girls (Pfeifer 2). According to Slim Hopes, about 80 percent of girls below the age of ten have either been on a diet before and have stated that they want to be skinner and more pretty.
Microaggressions matter in all classes of people whether they are men, women, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), straight, black, white, Hispanic, or other. These small interactions seem insignificant until you affect someone’s self-esteem. Little by little, it chips away at that image in their mind of who and what they are as a person. Although, many microaggressions are unintended, more often than not, they will have a negative effect on the receiving end. Young girls are high susceptible to depression, eating disorders, and even suicide as a result of many microaggressions as the go through physical, mental, and emotional changes during puberty.
There’s often a lack of confidence behind the glamorous faces and bodies. 1. When a fashion model gets beat down by critics, exclaiming that “they’re too fat,” or “they’re not the perfect fit for the job”, it creates the models to think that committing suicide will be the answer to all their problems. 2. A study by beauty brand Dove has found that images of models that have been digitally altered are causing woman to suffer from low confidence about themselves.
When it comes to women, the picture painted by Hollywood is stagnant and therefore, has a huge influence on how women are viewed and how they view themselves. Moreover, this unfortunate representation is exacerbated by our patriarchal society propagating a feeling of unworthiness amongst women. This paper contends that the portrayal of women in Hollywood leads to lower self-esteem amongst women by inducing in them the feeling of being weaker than men, by haunting them with ideals of beauty and by stereotyping their roles in society. One cause of low self-esteem among women is the illusion that women are emotionally and physically weaker than men. Coming back to superheroes, the earliest of fantasies for most children is to become superheroes and they grow up influenced by these characters.
This once again appeals to the minds of women as they a immaculate women posing for the most known lingerie brand. This puts an idea in women's minds that, only qualified and fit models can look so exceptional in these clothes. Furthermore, after looking closely at the two adverts it is indisputable to deduce that the portrayal of women in such an intriguing way has a negative effect on the society; especially the female section. Many may suggest that there is just as much pressure on the male part however, according to the Association for Body Image Disordered Eating, it was revealed that women’s magazines had about 10.5 times as many weight loss advertisements
I believe that American culture and media has had a negative impact on our perceptions of body image. In American society now, beautiful qualities are denoted by a skinny figure, large bust and hips, long hair, and a submissive personality. These attributes are unimaginable and have truly caused strife and complications to the other individual self esteem. Women today now stress over trying to obtain and maintain the specified attributes to stay what they believe is beautiful. Many girls become bulimic, anorexic, and or depressed in response to the verbal abuse or pressure that they may experience.
There’s a powerful source brainwashing young minority women today. These young gems are being conditioned to value their worth centered around hollow, vain, and degrading measures. The lead directors of these measures are strong, empowered, talented men who come across as if they detest woman. They disclose and describe detail stories of lifestyles involving “model chicks” who degrade themselves for acceptance, money, and opportunity. Consequently this behavior leaves impressions for young ladies to follow after: most young ladies of minority tap into the hip hop culture as a guide for social behavior.
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
Eating disorders are commonly perceived as stemming from a greater mental instability or a fault in perception; Sheila Lintott’s interpretation of these disorders, however, focuses on the impact of societal standards and other external factors, including those that give a person “value” or validation. She states that: “[eating] disorders arise in response to a world that conceives of a woman 's worth in terms of her physical appearance” (Lintott 82), which ignores personality and important accomplishments. The article’s chief focus is that of the true cause of disordered eating in women. Lintott feels that society and the need to reach sublimity is at fault for women 's obsession with their bodies, stemming from three main ideas ideas; female
Due to the increasing focus on women’s bodies, is it any wonder that young girls experience body dysmorphia? Studies of body image have established that girls as young as 6 to 7 years of age desire a thinner, ideal body. In many cases this is due to the portrayal of women in the media that children are excessively exposed to. This comes in varying mediums such as film, television and music videos, portraying women negatively as sexual objects of the male gaze, an aspect that has become normalized in today’s society. Girls grow up to believe that they have to be attractive to attract the attention of a man.
With such an increase in the different ways women are objectified through media today, the self worth and self esteam of many young girls today is decreasing tremendously. The raise in eating disorders in many women can also be traced back to the objectification through ads. The image of an ideal women society has put into the mind of women across the country has also impacted the reason why eating disorders have become so prevalent. Kilbourne states “Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person.” In this quote she is trying to explain the human thought process that leads us to believe that it is okay to hurt inanimate, but it is not okay to deliberately hurt another person. She is showing how if we think the person is just an object it is easy to do what we want with them without having to have remorse and guilt later.
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.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation successfully conveys the dangers that are associated with the demeaning methods the media uses to displace women from inspiring, valued positions and the effects of it on the American female population. The documentary explores the negative portrayal of women in the press and Hollywood, lack of female participation in major fields, and the side effects of the antifeminist movements on impressionable, young girls that have become highly visible through the media. The documentary reports of how even the most casual hints of misogyny distort the public’s values and expectations for women. The targeted audience is everyone because society can only right its wrongs by working and empowering together. However, Miss Representation does emphasize that young women in particular were the most important group of their intended audience.