A good example is the way female leaders are treated by the media. Female leaders are constantly disrespected and sexualized in the media. The vulgar jokes made about Sara Palin to the petty comments on Hilary Clintons looks. These messages are powerful to young women because it shows how the American public doesn 't take female leadership seriously or women in general. The harmful effects of the medias message on gender are everywhere from the number of eating disorders to the lack of females in STEM jobs.
“Photoshopping is usually an app for girls that aren't confident with the way that they look” (mostly girls not men) (Mclean.). This means that the majority of teen girls use it because they are not happy with the way they look.” 15% of 2,000 18-24 year old girls think that celebs and models are what they really look like”(Lanniello). Further explanation girls shouldn't believe that every girl they see on the internet is what the really look like. 9 in 10 people in the world would like to see all different types of body varieties (shapes) (Lanniello). This means that not everyone wants to see just skinny thin girls all time.
Nobody is perfect and the stereotypes people place on one another is the cause of most of the issues women face today. Women should feel beauty within their self whether or not they choose to go against the stereotypical views. Orenstein just hopes that our society will make better chances for the female population, so everyone can be
This discrimination against sex is called sexist and America itself has embodied the definition of sexism through the unrealistic idea of women on TV, the pay gap, and the fact that there are very few women involved with politics. There is no voice for women being heard in these aspects and there must be a voice for women. As being a feminist, I find that it is completely sad that America is still holding up those stereotypes and is not finding ways to develop better quality between men and women, along with establishing a greater body of support for men and women. The media needs to change its stereotypical and sexist views of women to develop equality between the two and to see women not as the sex symbol but as the one who is powerful. That is something that seems to be missing in media.
1 “Don’t be dramatic, it’s just some plastic, no one will love you if you’re unattractive” by Melanie Martinez. Have you ever felt like you weren’t pretty enough, just because society has a different definition of pretty? Society today sets high standards of body image, facial features, and talents. Society’s high standards have various negative effects on us, especially if we’re girls. Setting these standards has caused an enormous number of girls all around the world to despise their flaws; therefore, have a very low self-esteem which leads to portentous physical and mental disorders and illnesses.
Our society is consumed by the fantasy and perfection of the idealized body. This constant fixation on physical perfection has created unreasonable beauty standards for women, ones we cannot possibly achieve on our own. Such standards permeate all forms of popular media, particularly fashion magazines and advertisements. Women are bombarded with the notion that we must be thin in order to be desirable. These images project an
There is too much pressure on females to have the ideal body image. Females are constantly lowering their self-esteem because they don’t feel as pretty as the girls in magazines and they spend most of their time comparing themselves to celebrities and models. Society and Social media have high expectations towards the looks of a woman. They expect for a female to be fit, thin, and have a pretty face. Social media is everywhere continuously producing weight loss commercials showing fit bodies, recommending diet pills and nutritional shakes.
Another criticism of the Instagrammers shape unhealthy image will bring mental health problem to the female users is because the users do not satisfy with their own body shape. However, the media has set women with a thin body and slim body curve are the standard of beauty (Maran 2012). Social media has further developed this idea. Some of the famous Instagrammers are normal people before they go famous on Instagram. They become an Instagrammer because of their ideal body shape.
By having these negative thoughts, women can harm their bodies by doing whatever they can to fit the expectations that the media seems to portray. The opinion of the public eye states that the norm of the mass media plays an essential role in the progression of eating disorders and the displeasures of one’s body (Tiggemann, 2006, p.
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.