When comparing Julia Roberts' cover to Blake Shelton's it becomes apparent how there is a double-standard when it comes to how the media portrays men and women. Other ads and magazines, as well as other forms of media, have shown throughout the history to repeat the same unrealistic beauty standard, focusing on perfection rather than realistic women and their true selves. Further, it demonstrates how women are not allowed to be sexy once they reach a certain age, while men become sexier with age and often are praised for signs of aging, such as grey hair. Magazines such as these can lead to self-esteem issues in women, particularly young girls who look at forms of media to get a sense of societal expectations. In order to fix this issue, magazines need to be cognizant of how their images and portrayals of women and men can impact people's images of themselves and others.
(clin2006) Women are known for doing unpleasant things to make their body look more appealable. Why is it so important for a woman to be appealing to others? Most women strive for a beautiful appearance to impress a man or significant other, while in the workplace it is becoming more important to look presentable and professional. (Peiss)(clin2006) Isn’t beauty in the eye of
Because women are sometimes stereotyped as the weaker sex, they become disadvantaged and don’t share many of the privileges men are given. This is why feminism is such an important matter today. Feminism is a broad social movement that strives for equality for women and seeks to end of sexism in all forms (Topics in Feminism). However, negative attitudes toward feminism have continued to exist. Feminists are often stereotyped as angry, man-hating, unattractive women who scream absurdly about their political views.
I do agree with Drevno in this article. It seems like everybody is trying to look like the ideal figure, but as we all know the majority is not ideal so we try to become that attractive figure that we think everybody wants. Drevno says in her article “Everywhere you look you will find images of women and men who typify what our society considers “beautiful”(P.2). What that quote means is that “unreal” beauty is all around us because our world believes that that is the true meaning of beauty when according to Drevno it is not. A friend of mine named Moe, was in a sense overweight and he didn’t like it because of what other people thought about it.
Television and magazines are major methods of spreading the toxic ideas of: “you’re too big, your hair is not straight enough, you are not skinny enough.” Society fuelled the media and holds responsibility for letting the media create a lack of confidence and desire to change in women. The effects on people who do not try to live up to societys idea of beauty can sometimes find themselves getting judged or not being as accepted as someone who
For example in women’s magazines there are articles like ‘Summer Diets’ and ‘ Slim Down For Summer’ causing great pressure on women to have the ‘beach body’ the media send out to the public. Models who are already skinny get photo shopped even thinner for articles like this, which is sending out an even worse message to all their readers. For men, the magazines highlight muscle gain, muscularity, and are gradually coming to include weight loss articles as well. And these influences are particularly important in teenagers; who experience huge social pressure, which is often based on how they look. For a growing proportion of children and teenagers, that concern can grow into an obsession that can become an eating disorder.
"Advertisers often emphasize sexuality and the importance of physical attractiveness in an attempt to sell products; researchers are concerned that this places undue pressure on women and men to focus on their appearance" (Dr. Harrison Pope, 1997). A survey in 1996 stated that the media were making woman fear being unattractive or old and furthermore that advertisements were adversely impacting on woman's body image (Saatchi and Saatchi 1996). The impact of unrealistic body image is not just confined to women. Men and more specificity teenage boys are adversely affected by self-confidence issues as well. The average male/female today views 400 to 600 advertisements per day, by the time they are 17 years old, they would have received over 250,000 commercial messages through the media.
Body image can also effect what men and women look for in their partner. Distorted body image can lead to lack of self-confidence, self-consciousness, depression, low self-esteem, and at times drug abuse. Media and Peer Influences on Female and Male Body Dissatisfaction “Who Is The Fairest One of All? How Evolution Guides Peer and Media Influences on Female Body
As stated in the article by Robin Henig, “Over the centuries, women have mauled and manipulated just about every body part – lips, eyes, ears, waists, skulls, foreheads, feet… (55). With certain ways women try to build their confidence level for their visual appearance, they go through a great deal of risks; consequently, severe dangers are more likely to occur, also expressed in the article. In this article, Robin Marantz Henig explains and exposes many different forms and ways woman have deliberately made changes to their bodily figures to fit in the standards of perfection in beauty. She clearly isn’t in favor of these practices from her statement in the article, “The crazed quest for beauty at any cost had led to some bizarre practices along the way” (56). Exactly, very bizarre practices that woman go by to feel better about there appearance rather then their health.
Although she admits that the patients with anorexia bulimia had “family problems, alcoholic parents, histories of abuse and clinical depression”, she believes the media and the fashion industry both play an important role in how women feel about themselves. She feels this causes a lot of pressure on young women to become “perfect” and will starve themselves to look like the models they see in magazines and on TV. Beck also points a finger at sex ads and the pornography industry for contributing to the way men view women and states, “These men are not genetically predisposed to disrespect and abuse women. Their attitudes towards women were societally conditioned.” She thinks that it drives men to commit crimes of rape and abuse of their partners. She includes, “I am absolutely convinced that the objectification of women by the media is an integral part of both of these problems, presenting women with unrealistic role modes while encouraging men to think of women solely in terms of their sexuality” Although Amy Beck may have a point, depicting women with perfect bodies in unrealistic, but I think she puts to much blame on the media.