Women's Idealized Beauty Image Essay

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Women’s Idealized Beauty Image In the recent decades, with the improvement of the living standard, people have been paying more attention to their own physical appearances. Female bodies, most especially have become subjects to change. As bodies become the notion of changes, women are continuously being stigmatized and judged which leads to greater dissatisfaction with their body, shape and weight. Most women and young girls in our civilization are dissatisfied with the way they look and described ideal figures as what they see in television or magazines. These forms of media have been corrupting the minds of women and young girls for many years, thereby starting at an early age the unrealistic idea of being beautiful and attractive in order to fit in(1).Though it seems mere advertisement and entertainment, media does permanent damage to the self-esteem of women and young girls by constantly exposing them and hammering their own views of ideal beauty image into their minds. Body image plays a very important role in our individualistic society, in which a woman’s identity is closely related to her body. It is a complicated aspect of the self-concept that concerns an individual’s perceptions and feelings about their body and physical appearance (Cash & Pruzinsky, 2002). Because of the great emphasis on an ideal beauty, the currents of social thought suggest that self-esteem, material success, and desirable personality characteristics are all proportional to the level of how svelte a woman is (Etcoff, Survival of the Prettiest, 51). It is hard to imagine a world where idealized female imagery is not plastered everywhere, because of our media-driven culture. Media has a big impact in our daily lives. They tell us what is hot and what is not. They tell us the most popular trends and how to attain them, in order to fit into this notion of ideal beauty.

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