Although I believe that it doesn’t matter how big or small you are, everyone is different and you shouldn’t have to smoke, drink, or do drugs to be in the cool
She goes on to use Abercrombie & Fitch as an example of an outside force causing girls to be sexual because they put out a shirt that says “who needs brains when you have these” on the chest. She goes on to make the point that a group of teen girls joined together to boycott these shirts, but she does not acknowledge that this boycott was led by Girls as Grantmakers, a feminist group. She wanted to work around the facts to prove that girls do not want to sexual and are willing to prove this by boycotting an institution. Laura Sessions Stepp uses examples that support “the emotional/ physical movement” by saying sex causes women to suffer from diseases and mental illness. She believes hookups cause women to become distant and no longer want relationships.
One way she shows this is by having the reader reverse images that depict the objectification of men and asks whether the implications are the same. For example, she describes a coke ad where women ogle at a half clothed male construction worker. To a viewer this scene is funny. The reverse of that (businessmen leering at female workers) would be far more concerning and according to Kilbourne this is why: “And why is the Diet Coke ad funny? Because we know it doesn’t describe any truth.
Also the author was able to strengthen her argument by adding supporting views from authorities (Jean Baker Miller), which emphasized how women tend to avoid the appearance of power as she never take credit for her achievements and usually blames it on being lucky. At the end of the essay the author advocates several strategies women should pursue in order to get tough such as “taking credit when credit is due” (Par.10), because taking credit when it is deserved is a sign of confidence and determination, also she explains how women should express their anger in different ways rather than just smiling. Finally she reruns the scene when she was sexually harassed in a way displaying her as a tough woman, not as a “lady”. Being tough is an essential quality women should possess in order to succeed in society but also being ladylike
After watching Kilbourne’s video clip, I would have to say that I agree with her critique. The advertisements show in television and magazines depict a certain image of how men and women should act within our society. Men are supposed to be more aggressive and strong and muscular while women are supposed to be slim while still having big butts and/or breasts. Take a commercial for Victoria Secret, most of all the women being showcased are slim giving an impression that only slim women can be sexy. Even when certain advertisements present what they consider to be “curvy” women, those women don’t even come close to what is a real world “curvy” or ordinary woman.
It values sexual attractiveness opposed to the importance of being a movement about the social, political and economic equality of the sexes (Goldman et al., 1991). Entrepreneurs through advertisements have in turn transformed and re-defined feminism into a “symbolic currency” (Goldman et al., 1991). Contemporary advertisements bombard our televisions and billboards still with half-naked women, but half naked women who promote magical lipsticks and high-heels promising to decrease your student loan, equal pay between you and your male colleagues and world peace. They construct a woman who symbolizes independence, ambition and individual freedom by attaching these ideals to the product their selling. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”, this quote by Marilyn Monroe is a prime example of commodity feminism, capitalizing on femininity to sell a pair of shoes, depoliticizing the movement by turning feminist social goals into individual lifestyles (Goldman et al., 1991).
“The evidence suggests that black cover girls don’t sell as well as white cover girls, people of color are routinely not selected for the covers of many broad-circulation magazines ‘for fear they will depress newsstand sales.” (Phoenix 99). The solution to stop this would be if people stopped buying and paying attention to what is being put out on the media then companies who are selling these products can shut down and have less people with being insecure with their own skin. "The desire to be lighter is so great that some people with dark skin knowingly use illegal creams that contain harmful ingredients such as hydroquinone, mercury, and corticosteroids because they are believed to be stronger and thus more effective” (Phoenix 100). In 2009 there was a report of a skin bleaching which made $10 billion by the year of 2020 the company will now reach to $23 billion.
The author herself used to be quite heavy but what she failed to mention to her readers is that her weight loss is due to the use of diuretics and other weight loss type of drugs. In Mazel’s book she talked about how to deal with binges and how to curve hunger and which are classic signs of anorexia. It is horrifying that this book is marketed and sold to young girls; “starvation haunts the pages of the Beverly Hills Diet” (Wooley and Wooley
Notions such as “sex sells” are not necessary true, for the observers recognize the damaging images in which women are portrayed. Advertisements that depict possessive and violent men toward women are should not be selling. For example, “no”does not mean “convince me”, when taken otherwise may lead to sexual abuse. Despite that both genders can be objectified, it is women who are more at risk due to the already established idea that women are more vulnerable.
The first argument against legalization of prostitution is that it does not give any serious benefits to women involved to this industry, but provides a lot of advantages for pimps, traffickers and the whole sex industry at large. Moreover, legalization just converts pimps into businessmen, and brothels into legitimate venues. Consequently, such kind of sanctioning all the parties involved to sex industries gives them the other names, but do not guarantee some real, factual changes. Some experts consider that in this case decriminalization is the best strategy, but it should be an advantage for women, who, no matter which way you look at it, are entitled to exploit their own bodies as they want. However, they also claim that pimps, customers and other people involved must be punished, as only such kind of strategy can restrain the growth of demand and supply in sex
Scrutinizing celebrities by the media hearts young women the most. “The message that girls are not pretty unless they 're incredibly thin, that they 're not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine… is something girls then carry into womanhood” (Anniston). On the covers of a lot of magazines also on a lot of programs on tv that use the life of celebrities as a major source of information to attract viewers and audiences. Some magazines choose to put on their covers pictures of naked celebrities then start examining how their bodies look which is an indirect message to the readers and viewers telling them this is the body you need to have. This is the standard of beauty to follow.”
He spoke to me as though people did not bear any distinctive or unique traits within the ethnic group that they identify with. The idea that a man would be interested in a girl solely because of the color of her skin and have absurd expectations to impose upon her is wrong, and it’s disgusting. Yellow fever stems from ideas and generalizations derived from archaic traditions and mainstream media that we are submissive, exotic, and eager to please. It is impossible to Google the term “Asian girl” without Asian specific porn websites, special dating services, and countless inappropriate images. As for television and movies, Asian women are portrayed as flat, two-dimensional characters, with few distinctive traits.
Many of the safety policies in legal brothels simply do not protect women from harm. Further, Trifiolis suggests, “Women who work in these brothels have indicated that they were abused by buyers, brothel owners, and even their friends … half the woman answered that they thought they might be killed by one of their customers” (20). While there are rules and regulations set up in order to protect sex workers, many women will ultimately forgo them due to the unfathomable demand behind hidden
According to Michelle Oberman, who also wrote on the topic, getting rid of statutory rape laws pose to great of a risk to girls and their psychiatric health. Girls involved in either an exploitative one-night-stand or a continuous strand of unethical evenings, have a higher chance of depression, pregnancy, and illness. Overman says despite the usefulness of certain clauses of gender-neutral statutory rape laws, they “ignore the many exploitative sexual encounters between minors of similar ages.” She denotes that with out statutory rape laws being enacted, society risks the well-being of girls no matter the
People are more focused on their outfits, pose and martial status which dismisses their accomplishments and makes them seem less powerful and less valuable compare to male athletes. The media talk about women’s ambition and pride as if it is a bad thing while objectifying their bodies creates this image that tells woman of all ages, but especially young women, that they should not aspire too high or fight too hard because it won’t work out and that their value depends on how others perceive their bodies. Ultimately, today’s society and the media minimizes the accomplishments and dehumanizes