The objectification of women isn’t restricted to clothes alone. The manner in which a female character addressed in some of the dialogues and songs clearly references her sexuality and how a man is going to exploit it,” commented actress Taapsee Avers. Hemanth Kumar made a conclusion that there is a growing trend in objectifying and sexualising women. In this I fully agree. Due to the objectification of women, many children and teenage girls believe that in order to be beautiful or appreciated, they would have to be sexy.
Although men and women recieve the impact from media and society, young girls receive the impact the most. “As “guidelines about how to behave, young adolescents may be particularly susceptible to popular media stereotypes, especially those values and ideas presented by entertainment and fashion industries as vital elements of ‘youth culture’” (Hesse-Biber 769). Throughout a young girls life, magazines, peers, and advertising influence her. Preteens conclude that they need to have skinny features, the perfect fashions, and they need to attract boyfriends. Young girls believe that if they do not live up to the model magazine stereotype, than they have imperfections and blemishes.
It is also becoming more popular to see commercials containing sexually explicit content, which often target woman. These commercials show women being objectified and taken advantage of by being presented as a “fantasy object.” One very casual use of women is found in the industrial market where they’re taken as calendar girls and other forms of brand advertising. The increasing popularity is proof enough that sex sells, but the question that lingers is why sex sells and what audience sex appeal mainly targets.
“Advertising contributes to people’s attitudes about gender, sex, and violence,” states Jean Kilbourne in her article, Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt With advertising agencies standing by the notion that “Sex Sells” it isn’t uncommon to find sex tied into a number of advertisements seen everywhere on a daily basis. “Sex in advertising is pornographic because it dehumanizes and objectifies people, especially women …” (Kilbourne, 271). The objectification of women in our society is more prevalent than many would like to believe. Women being portrayed as passive, easy, innocent, needy, submissive and dependent beings create an understanding that women are less human than men. “Turning a human being into a thing, an object, is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person” (Kilbourne,278).
A women might run for high political office, but there is almost always analysis about whether she is sexy, too(page 512, Everything’s An Argument),” Hanes explains about how women are sexualized within television. This shows that sexualization is hard to escape for women of all ages. If they want to aspire to be something they are being told to be sexy to get it. This is seen all through out pop culture and, as said before, seen especially in social media. Hanes writes about her readings of Ms. Steiner-Adair’s about girls and social media in her article Little Girls or Little Women?
In engaging with subcultural street culture, do girls simply mimic the practices of their male counterparts or exhibit their own specificity? The trend of “hipsters” is the latest movement following a long line of worldwide popular subcultures, and gathers urban, young middle class people who are interested in independent music and films, who follow progressive political views and various alternative lifestyles, and above all declare themselves against the mainstream society – that is, that they despise following popular culture and prefer to follow ‘underground’ trends that are unknown to the great majority- which is ironic considering how popular the hipster movement became. And yet upon discussing this particular subculture as well as others that existed in the latest decades – such as
Not all but a significant amount of these celebrities tend to be drug & alcohol users and addicts, and this behaviour is portrayed in the media towards the rest of the society. This behaviour pressures the average person to feel the need to fit in and they, therefore, follow in these celebrities footsteps hoping to fit in. Beauty over brains - The media/ fashion industry shows that someone does not need to be smart but needs to be pretty. This leads the majority to focus mostly on their outward appearance than to focus on their education. This leads mainly girls to eating disorders and body mutilation so that they can look like what the media portrays to be
This leads to violence against women, human trafficking, prostitution, sex slavery, etc. Freedom of speech has given everyone the opportunity to speak their mind, while social media has given them the platform to do so. Women on social media represent themselves indecently many a times. Indecent things about women are being posted things online and photos and videos are being leaked online which show women nude or in compromised positions etc. Many sites, blogs, pages etc write things which degrade women and show them in an inferior light.
I used her perfect form to create countless designs and from then on I was able to win in lingerie categories made from designs inspired by Barbie .In my clouded mind, I used to think all women should be like Barbie in form and size in order to be called beautiful. I preferred creating lingerie patterned after Barbie’s proportional
Teens and young adults have a higher tendency to become more affected by the consequences of body dysmorphia due to selfies, because of increased emphasis that media has placed on the body and appearance. Users of extensive social media will go to extreme measures to compare themselves to their counterparts and will rest at nothing to get their fifteen seconds in the limelight. Which includes, but is not limited to posting nude pictures or pictures that invoke sex to attract an unwanted audience. In reaction to the effects of social media lead to low self-esteem, self-objectification and in severe cases body dysmorphobia. Works Cited Grieve, Rick, and Adrienne Helmick.