Waxed Generation by Michael Koenigs suggests that modern day media propels teenagers towards achieving utterly unrealistic standards of beauty in unnatural ways. Michael states, “Unfortunately the times have given my generation a perverted perception of beauty.” (Koenigs) He strongly believes that the digitally enhanced images magazines put forth to show teenagers, cause the people of this generation to strive for unnatural beauty. The “bombshells” and “hunks” featured in these magazines drive teenagers into insanity as they try to achieve these impossible standards. Consequently, those who can afford it spend their money on plastic surgery, while the less privileged take matters into their own hands. Hence, 5 percent of all college-aged women …show more content…
Nowadays, a glance at a digitally enhanced magazine can brainwash teens of this era into getting cosmetic surgery. Why in the world do magazines put forth altered images as a standard of beauty? The teens who see these images often already battle self-confidence issues and these furthermore sustain the issue. They believe looking like a fake image is the only way to look beautiful, which says adverse things about the messages put out by media. This generation really is “waxed” supported along the lines of Koenigs saying, “It’s not the natural desire to look beautiful, but the unnatural standards of beauty that uniquely affect my generation.” (Koenigs) It has come to the point that so many of the so-called “beautiful” people in the world aren’t even natural. This generation needs change. Beautiful people as themselves should replace digitally enhanced images in magazines. Media should portray images of people with huge smiles as they do incredible things, instead of promoting plastic surgery. The teens growing up today should exist in a world full of encouragement. Hopefully, happiness and the mental health of adolescents will be taken into account by the media in order to make the world a place of acceptance and allow young people to
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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.
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.”
Plastic surgery is the rigorous medical process of altering the human body through means of reconstruction, the removal of tissue, and the addition of tissue for cosmetic purposes. People see it every day and do not even question it. People’s faces and bodies are augmented in ways that humanity sees so regularly that viewers have become blind to it. Seeing faces and bodies perfectly sculpted by knives for sharp cheekbones, fuller lips, larger breasts, and a slimmer waist has tricked society into forgetting what the average person actually looks like. Consumers have become so blind to this constant fake image that humanity does not notice the difference until an unaltered, natural image is forced down our throats.
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.
Teenagers have become much more focused on what he or she looks like. This is because, they are searching their identity, and trying to be someone that the media expects them to be. With social media, comes the stereotypical version of what a man or woman should be like. For example, women are expected to dress sexy, and have the perfect barbie doll body. Whereas men, are expected to be muscular and tall.
In order to make themselves appear perfect, they do whatever it takes, on the road to plastic surgery. Do you remember when people used to pursue nature? I certainly do, and there was a saying:” natural beauty is as handsome dose.” But I feel that much of the world has somehow gotten away from that.
The media has corrupted the idea of youth and beauty. Some or many people have affected by this stigma around the medias person of youth and beauty. Most people, now feel ugly compared to what they see on their screen, which what they see is impossible standards. People are affect because they think they need to change themselves to look like what the medias standards are weather that be from surgeries, to eating disorders. This can can major depression, and very low self
Your decisions to comply with society’s view of “beauty” are no longer subconscious, but rather are more conscious-driven decisions. Barbie’s slender figure remains idolized; however, it has evolved from a plastic doll to a self-starving model that is photo-shopped on the pages of glossy magazines. You spend hours in front of a mirror adjusting and perfecting your robotic look while demanding your parents to spend an endless amount of money on cosmetics and harmful skin products to acquire a temporary version of beauty. Consider companies such as Maybelline, which have throughout the ages created problematic and infantilizing campaigns and products for women. More specifically consider the “Baby Lips” product as well as the company slogan, “maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline,” that reiterates the male notions of beauty to which women are subjected.
In 1998, people did not realize what they were doing to girl’s confidence and ability to feel beautiful in their own skin. They were showing the world what women could now look like through photo shop. For many years this trend continued, fortunately, in the year 2015 everything changed for the
Also, cosmetic procedures have increased by 39% over the past ﬁve years (from 2011) with surgical procedures up 17% and nonsurgical procedures up 44%(ASPS statistics). It shows that young women are willing to put themselves in danger because they feel the need to meet society's expectations of beauty. When going into cosmetic surgery, there is a risk of death or side effects that people are aware of, but still undergo the procedure. All because we live in a world where first impressions are made by how we look and thanks to magazines advertisements they set the “ideal” look for us and we all try to reach that look no matter how it
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).
In today’s society, the picture of beauty is a rail thin model with the body of a goddess. Because of this picture and other figures of beauties, a person is convinced to believe that one mustlook like these images to be beautiful. The easiest way to achieve this is by having plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is a type of surgery that can involve both a person’s appearance and ability tofunction. Society today has brain washed not only today’s women, but also the men to believe thatin order for a person to look beautiful, they must look like the images that are seen on television, inmovies, and on the cover of magazines.
Introduction This report is about impacts Teenage Magazines have on teenagers. The report aims to raise awareness on the teenagers being affected negatively through teenage magazines and how they impact one’s consciousness of the body. Even though certain magazines influence teenagers positively, most react negatively. Teenage Magazine gives fashion tips and latest gossips on the famous celebrities and rumors. The 21st Century magazines have progressed to become less realistic and more harsh.
The song, Scars to Your Beautiful written by Alessia Caracciolo, speaks to the very challenge every young girl experiences by wanting to be seen as beautiful. What is more, the song contrasts the lengths women will go to in order to make themselves appear more beautiful, but perhaps the line “you should know, you’re beautiful the way you are” is the most profound statement for this generation. According to Peta Stapleton, Gabrielle J. Crighton, Brett Carter, and Aileen Pidgeon (2017), body dissatisfaction is defined as “dysfunctional, negative thoughts and feelings pertaining to one’s weight and shape.” Specifically, Kathleen Berger (2014) states, “Many adolescents obsess about being too short or too tall, too wide in the hips or too narrow
Rachive Joseph Professor James Martin ENC1101 11 October 2014 The Danger of Cosmetic Surgery In today’s society being beautiful is a real slim and sexy super model with the body of a goddess posted on billboards all around the world. Children who are growing up playing with Barbie dolls would measure their body to be 39, 18, or 38. Because of these pictures and other figures that are portraying all over the world, one would believe that to be beautiful and happy.