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 closure of WW1 marked a significant period in women’s history. The franchise was extended to women over 30 in 1918, enabling them to vote in national elections. However, this was less than the ‘universal adult suffrage’ they had sought, and even by 1918, it would take a further decade to achieve this. The key debate over this achievement, however, is over the contribution of peaceful tactics. Even before the creation of a specific national suffrage movement, certain rights had already been gained by women.
However, many rap songs today in one way or another are degrading and offensive towards women or in other words, misogyny. Society is affected negatively because the later generations are growing up thinking that misogyny is acceptable. Although many people believe rap is a harmless genre of music, most rap music consists of lyrics that portray women in a derogatory fashion. Many of rap songs involve name calling and violent attitude directed more likely at women in general than a particular person. Women in those songs are mostly placed in a sexual context and called offensive words such as bitch, whore, and slut.
Feminism has been a cornerstone of literature for over a hundred years. Women in the world and in literature prior to late 19th century were portrayed as secondary citizens at best. In the late 19th century, a new movement was formed that took the ideals of the woman’s role in society and marriage and transformed them. Authors from the first and second wave of feminism have now created true portraits of women and their views on marriage. Generally speaking, the first and second waves of feminism are most recognized for their contributions to social and cultural equality.
In a Dolce and Gabana ad, a women is shown being put down by a male twice her size with three other men eagerly watching .This is degrading for women because it makes it harder for men to take them serious when the media has given them little value in society. It seems as if women’s role in the media is solely to show
Decide if your audience agrees with you, is neutral, or disagrees with your position. Research your topic. A persuasive essay must provide specific and convincing evidence. Often it is necessary to go beyond your own knowledge and experience. You might need to go to the library or interview people who are experts on your topic.
In our society many girls believe that image is everything and strive to become the ‘perfect size zero’. In this generation style is everywhere; magazines, popular clothing brands and t.v shows which all promote size zero models. Models are constantly blamed for setting a bad example for young girls when majority of the models are also feeling the pressure to be perfect by the media and modelling agencies who will not accept models who are not under a healthy weight of size 6/8/10 or above as it as commonly seen as ‘fat’ or ‘plus size’. Many models suffer from anorexia nervosa which is an eating disorder cause by people restricting their food intake because of fear of gaining weight. Those who are suffering from anorexia often view themselves at ‘too fat’ and overweight although majority of them are unhealthily underweight.
Certain magazines, like Seventeen, talk about being body positive, but show slim models in their pages (Benowitz-Fredericks et al, 2012). How is an adolescent girl going through changes supposed to make heads or tails of what they are reading? In addition, many television networks talk about going against body ideals, but have only thin actresses on the network. Even within the music industry there are songs about being body positive, yet they come from singers who are relatively slim. Being heavier than “normal” becomes a criticism of character and leaves girls the most vulnerable.
A woman is human” (Vera Nazarian). Women have always been considered as having a lower status then men. They are marginalized in society because of their gender. There are also many stereotypes about women for example, when a guy is scared to do something he is referred to as “a girl” implying that all girls are scared. We know this is not true because women have done everything in this world that men have including dangerous adventure sports yet they considered to be lower than men .Their talents are not as recognized as men’s talents are and they are mostly looked upon as not being fit for the same jobs as men are.
However, the hourglass figure that cover girls seem to posses are however not always real. Nowadays, with professional Photoshop skills, any photo can be warped into something totally different. Media uses such technology to conceal the true image of these women morphing the way people perceive an ideal body along the way. Media being immature as it is trying to use such images of thin, young, airbrushed female bodies to promote a “perfect” body image to the public which causes women to feel the lack the confidence in their body creating negative effects. In Singapore television, don’t you often see the London Weight Management promoting their packages by showing how women lost 20kg over 5 months?