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.
‘The Beauty Myth’ is an obsession with physically looking ‘perfect’ and traps the modern woman in an endless cycle of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to achieve what society has deemed "the flawless beauty" regardless of whether it is realistic or not. Naomi Wolf censures the exploitation of women by the fashion, beauty and advertising industries, particularly in women’s magazines as we delve deeper in to the chapter on ‘Culture’. She claims that as a result of being sequestered from the world and isolated from one another, the only real women’s space in modern mass culture where women can seek solidarity is through women’s magazines. Ironically, it is through the same myth that women are brought together and driven apart. These women may not share any particularly close relationship, but develop a sense of solidarity through sharing similar interests, agenda, or worldview.
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.
For America it could be the flawless skin and tiny figure. It could be those who are wearing the most expensive fashions or those who are the most accomplished. We start to think we need to be identical to them; we begin striving to have everything they have in order to enjoy life. Girls see negative and unreal body images splashed across the magazines they read, so they starve themselves until they match those images. The media is a mirror in which millions look into every day and what they end up seeing in the reflection is a life in imminent danger.
However they face the challenge and constant pressure to perform in all areas of their life whilst balancing domestic and corporate lives. This gives rise to the issue of being drained and burned out. Although women in the developed world have been blessed with more equal opportunities after generations of unfair inferiority, the pressure put on a society's women to be perfect at whatever they are expected to do is huge. Even with the enormous developments that have been made over decades, women must still constantly fight for the right to create their own identities, no matter where they're from or what they believe in. They strive to be like their precedents and in the bargain lose their self-identity.
A Rhetorical Analysis on Media’s Influence on the Ideal Body Image Everywhere we look media seems to be portraying body images that lack what used to be known as “sexy curves” and possess more bone than anything else. Whether it be an advertisement in magazines or reality shows such as America’s Next Top Model on television, word has traveled that the thinner you are the better. The roles that obese characters play in movies or on television are negative more often than not. They are viewed as unsuccessful, lacking friends, family, and love. The slender, “beautiful” women are regarded as influential, successful, and erotic.
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” Ariel M. Knox Kent State University INTRODUCTION As Margaret Wolfe Hungerford wrote in her late nineteenth century novel, Molly Bawn, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. One can infer this quote pertains to the different standards of beauty amongst various individuals. Although body image issues among women are not a new social problem, one can argue this problem is escalating or becoming more noticeable. With the increasing convenience of magazines, newspapers and social media websites comes the hardship women portray when comparing themselves to models and actresses. The escalation of media influencing women has strengthened research claiming beauty among women is a cultural standard; a standard that can be defined as a social problem for the reason that repercussions resulting from striving to fit the often un-obtainable appearance of those defined as beautiful by the media.
The sad reality is that women all around the world are buying into it. They are investing hundreds of thousands of dollars on the latest weight loss gimicks or the latest cosmetic creams to reduce wrinkles overnight. Women everywhere are trying as hard as they can to attain this ideal of beauty that the media has set forth as a standard for all women to live up to, regardless of the fact that it is an un-realistic goal to attain. We are simply being told, that being our own natural beautiful selves, is simply not good enough anymore. Secondly, women are being influenced in our society, to believe that popularity is more important than brains.
Mommy, why don’t I look like the airbrushed, photo-shopped girl in the magazine? Are women being subliminally brainwashed by society everyday? This may seem like an outrageous rhetorical question, but a study found that just watching 30 minutes of TV programming and advertising can change the way a young woman perceives the shape of her body, indicating that body image can be influenced by observing “ideal body shapes.” Our society’s perception of beauty is undoubtedly molded by the unrealistic cookie cutter ideal set by the media and beauty industry, which is the direct cause of many psychological problems in women facing us today. The standards currently set by Hollywood and the media are all around us, we see them on the television, movies, and the magazines on the checkout stands at the grocery store. We are constantly bombarded with this picture of how we are supposed to look in order to be deemed beautiful.
In today’s world, media heavily affects the way we perceive ourselves. The ideal body image that most people perceive nowadays is no longer based on an average but based on how media and society promotes it and that is a body that is highly unattainable for most women. Media promotes size 0 as the ideal body image causing many women judge themselves based on the beauty industry’s standards. Mass media defines the ideal body image by promoting it through the various platforms such as magazines, advertisements, and television and that is extremely immature. One example to prove my point is that the girls on magazine covers are mostly photo shopped to perfection.