Too many put themselves down everyday about their weight and looks because the media puts such an emphasis on “so called perfection.” Media has a huge influence on society today, especially on teens. It is mental, physical, emotional, and perceptive. Everyone has seen or heard of some type of advertisement promoting some type of beauty product, jewelry, or a new brand of clothing. It is almost impossible to ignore it unless being cut off from the world, which is not realistic. The media influences men’s image issues as well.
Advertising media adversely impacts women's body image, which can lead to unhealthy behavior as women and girls strive for the ultra-thin body idealized by the media. Advertising images have also set unrealistic ideals for males, and men and boys are beginning to risk their health to achieve the well-built media standard. “The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodies,” Susan Bordo seeks to disrupt the unrelenting invasion of unhealthy and unrealistic beauty standards that hold sway in a media driven society. By using real life examples like how Susan Sarandon looks younger today than she did twenty years ago and how little girls are “vamping up”, Bordo emphasizes how the media saturates our environment with Hollywood standards of female beauty that dictate personal identity. Bordo demonstrates that women of all ages are strongly affected by the media; as such, women may feel pressure to attain and maintain a thin youthful figure and may endure surgical and cosmetic procedures or starvation to obtain it.
Women spend tremendous amounts of money on obtaining the ideal look designated by the media. Men also gain a position of power in society by constructing the myth that women must fit into their fantasy world to be accepted. Those who fail to submit are labeled the other or insignificant. However, beauty is about something more. Cosmo women readers demand respect from men, insisting that men value them not for their looks only , but for who they are.
The focus of this research was to see what caused girls to be so pressured into being really thin or why some girls were anorexic. In my research, I learned the media plays a big part in why girls go to the extreme to be thin. Major points I learned is that the media targets teen girls with photo-shopped images of models. There are positive effects of media, I think otherwise. When girls see these “models” they feel no matter how it takes to get there, they have to be like these models.
The Effect of the Media on Adolescent Girls' Body Images In today's society adolescent girls are faced with constant pictures and advertisements in the media of tall, skinny, models and actresses with beautiful hair and seemingly nothing wrong with their bodies. However, this is not how most women look, and not how most adolescent girls will look like in the future. Thus, girls are getting idealistic views of how they want to look when they get older. Santrock (2007) claims, “As pubertal change proceeds, girls often become more dissatisfied with their bodies, probably because their body fat increases” (p. 73). When girls go through puberty and gain body fat, most of them will start to differ from the images burned in their heads by the media of the “perfect” body, causing them to develop negative body images and self-esteem issues.
Aron Santin “The MTV Effect” In the technologically advanced world we live in today, television has had a huge impact on society as we see it. With all of the shows and networks running on the air it has become difficult to regulate the things being grasped by our youth. One network which has had a large influence on our culture is MTV. The network has changed what is viewed as acceptable among our society, changed the way young girls portray themselves and lowered the age at which kids are becoming involved with drugs and sexual activity. Ever since Music Television (MTV) has been on the air it has been a centerfold for controversy.
Media Influence For the last two decades, society has depended on attaining information by way of the internet and has even made it their primary means of communication. Over the last 500 years, media has proven to be an exceedingly powerful influence using magazines, televisions shows, and more recently, social media networks. Media influences some teens and women, that they should look a certain way, causing them to think they are not naturally beautiful. This is where “Girls are getting the message so young that they need to be impossibly beautiful, hot, sexy, and extremely thin.” (Kilbourne, Jean). The obsession of being thin has become an occurrence in the media, in turn creating the mindset that being thin defines beauty.
The Media’s Influence on Teenage Body Image In today’s society, teenage girls are constantly being pushed and pulled into a million detrimental directions thanks to the media. With television, magazines, cell phones, and computers, women are constantly faced with advertisements and suggestions from the media. It is becoming impossible to avoid them, because they practically are everywhere we turn. Advertisements for make-up, hair products, and clothing are among the few that are the most influential to adolescent girls. They tend to feature flawless faces and very thin models.
Many Americans are influenced to take a stand on controversial topics such as homosexual relationships, and the consistent but yet discreet degrading of women because of what they see in the media. The average American is constantly subjected to mass media influence. The media is a very powerful tool that contributes to sculpting the American society. Throughout traditional American culture, heterosexual relationships are what are accepted as the societal norm. It was not until the latter half of the 20th century that gays and lesbians started to assimilate into society.
“The construction of gender stereotyping of both males and females in the media is based on outdated and unfounded beliefs and therefore has had and continues to have a detrimental impact on society.” (Yes!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUyfD1F7k1I Women are subjected to many stereotypes in today’s society. Movies and television shows suggest that all women are airheads, whose sole purpose in life is to please men and rear children. Magazines and other advertisements push photographs of very slender, over groomed and “sexy women” into our minds. Men’s magazines write articles on how to seduce a girl into sleeping with them.