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To what degree, if any, are men obsessed with their body image? 7-8 paragraphs with 5 page essay. - Complex phenomena that involves psychological, physiological and sociological factors. - Involves one’s degree of satisfaction and self esteem. - Concerns about body image have traditionally been connected to females. Now even adolescent male is vulnerable to get a perfect body shape. With Males becoming more visible in popular culture, researchers are more interested in studying the male body image. - CULTURAL INFLUENCE on body image: 1) Media 2) Society 3) Increase in valuation of muscular male body in visual media in western countries. 4) Increase incidence of clinically significant body image disturbance 5) ***** Most of the previous works have been concentrating on the body image of women. But now as males are also becoming more visible in popular culture, researchers are interested in the psychological and sociological effects on this increased exposure. Concepts of beauty have changed over time. Historically, - The core of body dissatisfaction has been located within a discrepancy between the perceived self and ideal self. - Mass Media and communication - And fundamentally altered nature of sexual relationships. - Anorexia meets the psychological concerns of the person concerned. Intro:
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Garima Aggarwal ID: 5232410698 Date: 3 December 2009 Writing 120 # 64010 Ross Assignment # 5 Men and Body Image Interest in body image originated when Paul Schilder wrote his first work on psychological and sociological effects on body image in the 1920s. Since the 1950s, researchers have had different definitions and perspectives about body image. It has been defined with respect to the body distortion, perception of one’s own body attractiveness, perception of body boundaries and accuracy of perception of bodily sensations (Grogan 14). Ever since, women’s body image has been studied and men have been overlooked. Men were always thought to be worried about success in their careers and nobody ever focused on studying the effect of body image on males. McLaughlin says in her article “Venus Envy”, “it used to be that what matters in life was how women looked and what men did” (111). But in recent years there has been an increase in the academic and popular interest in the study of psychological and sociological effect of body image on men as they have become more ‘visible’ in the popular culture. In Psychology Today surveys over the last three decades on male dissatisfaction, Pope and colleagues have provided a rationale for heightened concern about male preoccupation with physical appearance (Anderson 192). Men are having plastic surgery to remove excess fat, exercising vigorously, taking steroids and protein drugs to get more stamina; some are dyeing their hair to hide the gray while others are buying magazines on how to lose their extra fat. Even women crave for a slim body, for which they starve themselves, spend their time in gym. People think that women are under the most pressure, which
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sets even more stress for men as nobody gives them sympathy. Although people believe that women are
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