Beauty and the Media Essay

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Chanel Morales Thursday, March 1, 2012 Beauty and the Media Society looks down upon being fat; the media is constantly coming up with ways to eliminate fat from our bodies. Susan Bordo in her “Never Just Pictures” essay states, “Fat is the evil, and we are continually beating him.” Today people are obsessed with their bodies. People are starving and purging their bodies to be “perfect”. Bordo opens eyes as to what causes people to think, “Thin is in”, and why this problem is continuing to grow. Bordo’s argument is effective because her sources support her reasons and strengthen her ethos, her word choice, and she’s also able to refute a potential counterargument to prove her claim that the media has influenced body image. Bordo uses credible sources about body image. Women for the most part argued with Bordo about not having done enough research on other races and gender with growing eating disorders in 1993 in her book Unbearable Weight. When in fact, the number of eating and body image problems among Hispanic, African Americans, Native Americans, and even men has increased. Bordo is so knowledgeable about the subject; even her prediction on the number of eating disorders increasing came true. She uses articles from popular newspapers and magazines that are read frequently such as The New York Times and the New Yorker letting the reader relate to her even more. To get the reader to understand that she’s a trustworthy source, Bordo refers to the psychologist Sigmund Freud, known as the father of psychology, to prove her point that eating disorders are not only physical, but are mental issues as well. In Passion of Alice, and autobiography by ex-anorexic Stephanie Grant, Bordo explains how she understood what it meant to “live without desire” and without wanting anything in life. Bordo uses a woman who has actually wrote a book on her personal
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