wmst final - Kim 1 Elise Kim 5/16/11 WMST250 (Lara Torsky)...

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Kim 1 Elise Kim 5/16/11 WMST250 (Lara Torsky) Final Paper On the first day of class, we were asked to write down what we thought the definition of feminism was. I wrote: “the celebration of women’s social differences, such as art, culture, gender, race and sexuality”. What I realized, after taking Women Studies: Women, Art, and Culture, was that there is much more than the celebration. The history behind feminism comes with complex accounts of issues and ideas. This class really opened my eyes and it made me become aware of the various issues that come with feminism. What interested me the most were the issues of identity, and the artworks of feminism. It is evident that many women constantly think about their image because of the time and money they spend on things, such as makeup and hair products, to make themselves look flawless. This has become an issue because it degrades women’s true beauty. Jean Kilbourne, a feminist author and filmmaker described in “Killing us Softly 4”, that the issue of women identity has been especially prevalent when advertisements were introduced. In this film, she talked about the different ads she collected from the 1960’s to now and the similarities she saw in these ad. She emphasized that these ads promoted negative things, such as obsession of thinness, the objectification of women, and the use of eroticism with products and women. One point I can connect the most is when she talked about how ads stress the size of women’s bodies. Most ads have skinny women, with long legs and broad shoulders. Kilbourne explained that this type of body shape makes up only 5% of women. The 95% of women are pear-shaped because of the hips (Kilbourne). Therefore, ads suggest to young girls that they have to become someone impossible. In some cases, this obsession of becoming smaller is prone to health problems, such
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2 as anorexia (Kilbourne). Most of these ads are computer retouched, however, so that the models and celebrities have flawless skin, bigger busts, longer legs and sometimes bigger heads. Some celebrities such as Kate Winslet did not approve of this. Even Cindy Crawford said, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford” (Kilbourne). I, just like many women, struggle with my body image. I realize that I start to plan out my exercise for the day, and the kinds of food I am going
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