media shapes women

media shapes women - Soc 100 Sec 004 Due I hate my life Im...

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Soc 100 Sec 004 Due 11-18-08 “I hate my life. I’m so ugly. I have no clothes. I used to think my ankles were slim and now I realize they are chunky. All my shoes are horrible. I am so fat. I want everything. I want to go everywhere. I don’t usually feel like this, but I’ve just read a fashion magazine, that is how it makes you feel. The worse you feel, the better you know the magazine is.” –Maggie Alderson (Tebbel, 122) Abstract In today’s society, media has a strong influence over our culture. From television shows to magazines, women are influenced to mirror the “ideal woman” that is constantly portrayed as thin, beautiful, and wearing the most fashionable clothes and makeup. Although the media can have positive effects on women, it is more common to come 1
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across the negative affects. Men control the media, which is why women are frequently shown as fictitious and dreamlike models. The underlying message women receive is that they must also be unrealistically glamorous to be accepted in society. Unhappiness with body image and low self-esteem are major negative outcomes of the media’s use of women. Dissatisfaction results in women consuming products and ideas to assist in altering their appearance. The media is a vicious cycle that deceives women and fools around with their emotions. Introduction It’s a Monday night, and you had a long day at work. Upon arriving home, you change into your comfortable sweats, and pop a buttery bag of popcorn before getting settled onto the couch. You flip on your favorite show and begin to indulge in the warm bowl of popcorn on your lap. It doesn’t take long before you feel competitive with you favorite character: She’s tall and thin with luscious blonde hair that all the men flock to. Naturally, you feel uncomfortable and in the wrong for enjoying an unhealthy snack. Images of “perfect” women are found everywhere: magazines, television, billboards, posters, etc. Women of all ages and sizes feel that no matter how hard they try, it will never be possible to look like the women seen in media everyday. It is very 2
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rare to come across any form of media that makes us feel good about our body image. The media instills the idea in its audience that the brutally distorted images of women we see mirror the look in which we desire. The publication industry is controlled by men, whom use female bodies to sell products and media. Whether obvious or not, women are commonly used as sex objects. Pornography is an obvious example of women being sexually exploited in the public eye. However, the media portrays women as sex objects without one consciously being aware it is happening. This is done by constantly representing women as beautiful, tempting, and obtainable, thus satisfying men.
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