Alyssa Quinn English 114-39 Argumentative essay September 25 th , 2017 The Female “Image” The perfect body image is, as Dian L.G. Borzekowski and Angela M. Bayer describe it, “the internal representation of one’s own outer appearance which reflects physical and perceptual dimensions” (“Effects of the Media on Body Image”). However, in most cases, that is not true for women. The media projects this “perfect” image of an American women to be petite with curved features and a gorgeous natural glow, which most women in the nation cannot meet up to such specific standards. I believe that media sets a negative expectation of a women’s appearance. Beauty standards strongly impacts how women see themselves, how men see them, and how the status of their own socioeconomic class reflects on what they can achieve. Today media sets an image for women and their physical features which models are one of the biggest factors to this issue. When you see women published all over the media, magazines, or in movies, they all have the ideal perfect figure. As one article expresses, “the average American woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds, while the average American model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds” (“Depleting Body Image: The Effects of Female Magazine models on the self-esteem and Body Image of College-aged Women”). In other words, the media places women in standard beauty groups that most feel that they should undergo the process to be in the norm of this image. However, that shouldn’t be the case. Women should not feel pressured to look or feel a certain way based on what the media expects. Consequently, Kendyl
M. Klein emphasizes, “Social media has made constant the ability to critique and analyze bodies in such a way that promotes body dissatisfaction, constant body surveillance, and disordered thoughts” (Klein 13). Perhaps, if media starts to show more variety of body types or body
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