The many celebrities like Miley Cyrus and magazines who all try to portray their idea of a woman, alter and distort their perception of womanhood. These girls wear overtly sexual and suggestive clothing and opening act promiscuously in their interactions, forced to go through extreme diets, wear large amounts of make-up and even modify their bodies through surgeries all due to the cumulative pressures of friends, family and their developed self-confidence issues to become this counterfeit ideal. These girls wear uncomfortable heels, constricting clothing and skimpy outfits to hyper sexualize themselves. This is what they believe it takes to become fun, sexy and a desirable woman in today’ society. They go out, drink, “grind” and “twerk” (different forms of highly sexual dancing), and hook up with random guys.
Society’s perception throughout history has put extremely unhealthy looking women in the media spotlight as the ideal image of beauty. “The desire to fit the cultural ideal of thinness drives many women to diet severely. In some vulnerable young women, this leads to bingeing and purging or self-starvation,” says Terence Wilson a psychologist at Rutgers University (Smolack). “The general public seems to have an unhealthy obsession with celebrities. The media is constantly bombarding us with images of celebrities with extremely thin bodies.
Bunny Tales by Izbabella St. James Book Review A lot of people judge the girls that are girlfriends of Hugh Hefner as shallow money seeking floozies. In the book Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion, Izabella St.James explains that there is much more to the Playboy Mansion than the cliché that everyone thinks. She tells a story about how the how the girls aren’t there just having sex for money, but how these girls fall into the trap of the allure of the playboy mansion. Izabella explains to her readers in the first parts of her novel that she grew up in a wholesome household with her parents in Poland. Though she had to move to Canada because of the terrible communism causing the oppression of Poland’s people, she always had the love and support of her parents.
The emotional effect media has on a woman’s mindset, or ethos, could very well send her overboard into what is commonly known as an eating disorder. The bar is already set extremely high for young girls these days. It can be as simple as a gorgeous movie star wearing your favorite brand of clothing. Now all that runs through your mind while in the fitting room is how much better the clothes looked on that tall, lean body of your idol because it’s someone you look up to and trust. The world is continuously comparing themselves to figures from the media that they forget who they even are.
In all movies there are beautiful actresses. The reason for that is of course the male audiences – interviewers “Knocked up” had two blond goddesses. Debbie (Leslie Mann) has beautiful green eyes, thin lips and delicate features. She has wavy to curly blond hair and an excellent thin body. The way she speaks with her sister Alison in the club asking in a naughty way if she is still pretty ,makes her, if not by now, for sure noticeable by all men viewers.
There is even a scene where she strips down to her lingerie at work, where they were all women, in front of her mom. Her mom tells her to put her clothes on because of how she looks “Look at you, you look awful!” (Carmen, RWHC) Another part of the main myth, to be a certain way, was when her mom tells Ana the things a man likes. She tells her “A man wants a virgin” (Carmen, RWHC), and when Ana loses her virginity, she suspects of it and confronts her. She tells her that she was a slut “You’re not only fat, now you’re a puta.” (Carmen, RWHC) and then asks why she doesn’t value herself. Carmen seems like there are certain ways she believes a woman should be like.
In a perfume ad released by Calvin Klein recently, a young woman was posed nude on a couch, seducing the camera, and the perfume bottle was tucked away nearly out the frame. The photographer posed the women as a tool, using her sexual appeal and her body as a means of selling the product. Essentially, women are being significantly rewarded for their sexual attractiveness as opposed to their intelligence, virtues, and personality. This in turn causes the average women to question her validity in society; her sexual appeal, her image, and her body as opposed to non-observable characteristics like her capability. This also snowballs into the belief that objectifying women is justifiable because it is so publicly shown in magazines, television ads, and billboards.
To begin, the double standard that when men sleep with a lot of women, they are considered as being “studs” but when women sleep with a lot of men, they are considered as being “sluts” has been around for ages. If you watch the movie: “The stoning of Soraya M.” the woman gets stoned for being accused of adultery by her husband who makes up a lie to “get rid” of her. I honestly think that whatever people want to do with their own genitals is fine by me as long as I’m not involved involuntarily in their business. Hey, it’s your vagina and/or penis, do whatever you want. But I do advise to be careful with aids and other STDs.
This is also shown in The Great Gatsby through Daisy Buchanan’s mannerism when she “[gets] up and [goes] over to Gatsby, and [pulls] his face down kissing him on the mouth” (105 Fitzgerald). When Daisy receives a comment about her vulgarity she simply says “I don’t care” (105 Fitzgerald). Women, both in The Great Gatsby and the nineteen twenties were beginning to grow into new, free-spirited people. Nevertheless, women were still seen to be inferior to the male gender. In the twenties women”… had long borne a disproportionate share of the consequences of intemperate male drinking of alcohol, such as domestic violence and financial ruin”(Shmoop).
Yet, the trend that is fostered by media is not good for impressionable girls and may cause confusion as it pertains to sexual identity. Media promotes any sort of sexual misconduct in respect to women and it also reports on weight gains or losses with startling frequency. Recently, Jennifer Love Hewitt was ostracized for being overweight and there were even circling rumors that she was pregnant. While she did sport expected curves, she is clearly thin by any standard. The media loves to criticize models and actresses for being either too thin or too heavy and in reality that is