Culture Exit Project

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Woman, Media, & Culture Exit Project Essay Breanan Foster Breanan Foster S. Moxness June 6, 2014 This semester has taught me a lot about women and the issues that they face. I always knew that there were many issues faced exclusively by women, but I had no idea just how prevalent things such as misogyny, abuse, and the overall dismissal of women and girls were in our society. This course has blown my mind wide open to not only the amazing things women and girls are doing but also the atrocities that still happen in our world. I am very fortunate that I got to experience this class and would recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in the subject. One speaker that really stuck with me was Dr. Carmen Poulin who came…show more content…
This really bothered me for many reasons. One of the biggest issues that I had with this program and major element of the photo business is the effect it has on young girls, especially girls aged 9-15. This is a very critical age for girls because, during this time, puberty happens. During this time, more girls will stop doing what they love because they are self-conscious about their bodies enough without the help of the fashion industry. It isn’t fair for a girl to open a magazine and think that the images they see are how they should look. A girl shouldn’t open a magazine and see a pore-less woman with eyes bigger than her wrist and think this is what she should strive for. I remember when I was younger and opening a magazine and seeing these girls and wondering why I was a size 9 pants in grade 7 and these girls who were older than me were a fraction of my size. If I cried that I was too fat and put myself on diets at 11, someone else is, too. The average girl starts her first diet at the age of 9… the average girl is starting her first diet before she is even out of middle school. Girls are striving for a “thigh gap” and to be a size double 0 instead of striving to be a happy, healthy, and strong person. I hope that I can show the girls in my life that as long as you are healthy and happy, you are the perfect size. I want girls to know that they are beautiful at a size 0, 6, or 26. They need to know that…show more content…
I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking to deepen their understanding of feminism and the effects of the media… not to mention everyone who doesn’t understand feminism and that feminists will not throw their burning bra at you as a blazing indication of their disapproval of your thoughts. This class benefits both girls and guys alike because feminism isn’t just for females- it is for everyone and it is important that everyone understands the fundamental principles such as equality for all regardless of gender, race, class, religion, or disabilities/abilities. In closing, I would definitely say that I am a more accepting, understanding, and all around better person for being exposed to the things I have been exposed to during this course and am excited to learn more about issues women face in the future when I go to university and carry on into the rest of my

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