Media Analysis Paragraph By: Ashley Yaffe - Ashley Yaffe ELA Media Analysis Paragraph Are you a woman who tries to look pretty and is happy Based on the

Media Analysis Paragraph By: Ashley Yaffe - Ashley Yaffe...

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Ashley Yaffe 4/1/16 ELA Media Analysis Paragraph Are you a woman who tries to look pretty and is happy? Based on the “Pretty Hurts” video by Beyonce (2013), the artist is trying to show the pain of women having to be perfect in the media and that a lot of women are not happy because of this problem. The music video shows how much suffering women have to go through to be perfect by displaying a bunch of women competing in a beauty pageant. Beyonce’s song, “Pretty Hurts”, supports a counter narrative about gender, but a dominant narrative about race. The message that Beyonce is trying to portray in the song is that women do not need to be perfect to be beautiful and their imperfections should not matter. Beyonce gives another message that race matters in competitions. These narratives relate to what is shown in the media in general because the media always criticizes women based on how they look and not their knowledge. The media also does not show women of color very often. The “Pretty Hurts” music video supports a counter narrative about gender because Beyonce shows the issues that women have to go through to be perfect (being skinny, white race, wearing makeup, and having straight teeth) and how women should not have the idea that the definition of pretty is being perfect. In the music video the lyrics say, “perfection is a disease of a nation.” This song sends the message that beauty and perfection is hurting women, but it should not matter. These words mean that women think that they have to look a specific way in order to be perfect and they should not have to think that way. This matches a counter narrative that is
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