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women studies paper 1 - 1 Meredith Thomas October 26, 2010...

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1 Meredith Thomas October 26, 2010 Inscribing Gender on the Body In today’s society, we Americans are surrounded by a concept of physical attractiveness. From childhood, the media has filled our minds with images of idealized men and women. These visions of beauty cause women, not men, to feel the need to tirelessly attempt to embody such icons. The definition of beauty changes with different society and cultures. The most common models of beauty that have become to be idolized embody White women whom are thin, fit, and large breasted. Although women constantly strive to emulate these models, they do not realize that society is often presented false images of these people. Most images appearing in the media have often been manufactured by computer technology and make-up. “Images of perfect bodies are fabricated by a male-dominated culture and are reinforced by multi-billion-dollar industries that serve to maintain both corporate profits and patriarchal social relations.” (Shaw and Lee) Another way the ideology of beauty is “enforced” is through horizontal hostility. In a society
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