For generations, Barbie has been the doll that most young girls aspire to be. Barbie can be many different things at the same time such as a business woman, a party girl, and a mother whose whole existence revolves around beauty. So, is Barbie the ideal woman? The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, shows the dangers of false standards and the consequence of their applications, in the lives of teenagers or young girls. In other words, this poem shows the outcomes of dissatisfaction with one’s self as a result of societies expectations for women.
The media scrutinizes against females that do not meet their standards, and try's to sell us the idea that happiness is found in being beautiful in their standards. This causes women to become overwhelmed with vanity, which causes them to follow the Medias unrealistic approach of true beauty. These goals include, staying thin, having certain body features, and need to stay young. This results in women seeking harmful diets, expensive cosmetic surgery, and spending excessive amounts on beauty products, all in order for them to stay beautiful. "Although media boasts a sparkling image of what every girl should look like, the simple fact is that most of us just don't.
However, the hourglass figure that cover girls seem to posses are however not always real. Nowadays, with professional Photoshop skills, any photo can be warped into something totally different. Media uses such technology to conceal the true image of these women morphing the way people perceive an ideal body along the way. Media being immature as it is trying to use such images of thin, young, airbrushed female bodies to promote a “perfect” body image to the public which causes women to feel the lack the confidence in their body creating negative effects. In Singapore television, don’t you often see the London Weight Management promoting their packages by showing how women lost 20kg over 5 months?
Today the figure of Hudson's is extremely thin. This whole process reflects the complicated problem of stereotype on women, girls categorized in classes, loss of life, especially in adolescent’s, causes as it is the third major cause of death among them. Orbach’s argument that society creates stereotypes of woman, support understands Jennifer Hudson career in the music industry. In particular, this allows to see the feminine side more deeply when analysis woman like an object, thinness like to attribute and profits for fashion and diet industries clearly. When we see the TV commercials and the ads in them, always see the products for male gender, as a woman as an object to call the attention of the genre.
U1A7- That’s More Than Just My Opinion Assignment #4 By: Chelsea Holmes Many women around the world are being brainwashed by the appeal of how a woman should looked, based on the media’s perspective. They show women as skinny, chesty, and cane free but when they Photoshop these women, they don’t take into consideration the feelings of women. The media’s idea of a woman’s body image can negatively impact her self-esteem. It can cause them to feel fat and ugly, result to harmful and unhealthy weight loss and it can cause suicide. The media’s idea of how a woman should look causes many women to feel fat and ugly about themselves.
What they wear, is what we want. We feel the need to look exactly how they are depicted to us and this is how models and the media affect body image – the most significant concern in young females in contemporary society. These skinny models project negative and false expectations of what girls are meant to look like at such a young age where their biggest concern should be their education. Beauty is positioned as the paragon of most teenage girls lives, and this is what causes many common problems to evolve around their lives, particularly eating disorders. Luisel Ramos is an example of a particular model who suffered from an eating disorder only wanting to be accepted into the modelling industry.
Shirley Temple in the Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison represents the American ideal girl and a representation of the stigma related to not being white in a society. In one way or another all of the characters in the Bluest Eyes are obsessed with beauty and defining what beauty is to them. The blue eyes closely tie to Shirley temple and baby dolls and their representation of a hierarchy of race. “Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought.
According to the American Society of plastic surgery, the most common reason for women to get cosmetic surgery is because they are unhappy with their bodies. Ezine Articles states “Almost ¾ of women surveyed said they think about their size and shape every day unhappy with their bodies” (Women and Cosmetic Surgery). Most women use cosmetic surgery as a confidence boost. After receiving the treatments they feel more beautiful and more confident in themselves. Heidi Montag is a 23 year old American reality television icon.
Dove Real Beauty Nikki Henderson MKT/421 February 11, 2013 Instructor: Phillip Spivey Dove Real Beauty Envision a world where beauty is a basis of self-confidence and optimism instead of apprehension and disquiet. So many women are fixated on their appearance and almost all of them have something they dislike about their body. Whether that dissatisfaction is with a chubby tummy, crow's feet, acne scars, hair that is too curly or not curly enough, or even a spot of cellulite, often times the imperfection, or perceived imperfection, is blown way out of proportion (Fox, 1997). The imaginary faults are time and again overstated in their own minds and are repeatedly perpetuated by the media (Fox, 1997). Friends and family may see someone that is perfectly normal, beautiful even, but as far that individual woman is concerned, the image of beauty the world proliferates has become restrictive and unachievable (Fox, 1997).
All these internal messages have led to black girls and women hating their bodies and sometimes taking their hatred out on their children and friends. This worship of whiteness was not shared by a character name of Claudia. These internalized white beauty standards have led to black females lacking confidence and having low self esteem. Reasons for this lack of confidence and/or low self-esteem would be found later in the book to be, no blue eyes, parents’ financial position and the way black children are treated by their parents/adults. As Claudia mentioned later in the book, “Adults do not talk to us- they give us directions.