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Research explatory - Jacqueline Reyes Exploratory Paper Professor Trent EN102 Popular Magazines the Cause of Beauty Standards For the past several

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Jacqueline Reyes Exploratory Paper Professor Trent EN102 11/17/10 Popular Magazines- the Cause of Beauty Standards For the past several years, the beauty standards of women have increased into a creation of unattainable beauty. The real issue lies in whom or what is responsible for the creation of these beauty standards. The main target has been popular magazines and whether it has had an effect on women’s beauty standards. Many people, especially feminist, blame popular magazines in promoting unrealistic images of women. They see popular magazines as being responsible for all the negative outcomes that their images has had on women. On the other hand, there are those who believe that magazines do not create any negative effects on women; instead it helps women enhance their beauty through advice from magazines. Then there are also those who believe that magazines have absolutely no influence on women’s beauty standards. They believe these standards are invalid considering the different standards in all parts of the world. These three perspectives explain the different views there is when it comes to the assumption that popular magazines has created negative effects on women’s beauty standards. Amanda Hess published an article on how airbrushed photography has had negative effects on the beauty standards of women. The author opens up her argument by using personal experience to demonstrate how much influence images in magazines can have on young girls, just like it had on her. Before stating her claim, Amanda gives some history on the use of airbrushing. The author wants the reader to have knowledge of its history, so that she can later on compare it to usage in today’s magazines. The author’s main claim is the negativity that airbrushed photography has on young women today. She states, “… women who are exposed to these types of airbrushed photographs… should not be affected by them, But they are” (Hess). She then follows it by presenting her two subclaim, which is the lost of identity and low self esteem girls develop because of their exposure to these images. The author gives examples of how these photographs cause this negative effect. One example the author uses is the
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interview Kate Winselt had on the Oprah Winfery show, where the actress spoke out against airbrushed images. She says, “There are so many girls out there who think that… to be loved and respected means
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course HUM-ENG EN102 taught by Professor Monicatrent during the Fall '10 term at Montgomery CC.

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Research explatory - Jacqueline Reyes Exploratory Paper Professor Trent EN102 Popular Magazines the Cause of Beauty Standards For the past several

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