eng 100 essay - A Female's Plump Nightmare Getting ready to...

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A Female’s Plump Nightmare Getting ready to check out at your local grocery store, you usually encounter the magazines with juicy headline stories about how your favorite actress gained 10 pounds and has cellulite on her thighs. In “Fat is a Feminist Issue”, Susie Orbach elaborates on how women receive heartless criticism on appearance. The fact that women have pressure to maintain weight control for the ideal body image is Orbach’s main point. Women desire the perfect family but to reach that goal they must first find the husband. Orbach wrote, “To get a man, a woman has to regard herself as an item, a commodity, and a sex object” (202). In other words, a woman must live up to these harsh expectations for a man to find her desirable. Men hold high criticism towards women because the media portrays them as attractive sex symbols. Also media influences fashion and that may be an added stress to women since when trends change, body shapes and sizes might too. Orbach reminds women that motherhood and age play a role in life so women must look forward to the future with self confidence rather than fear. Orbach thinks women should tell the world: “take me for what I am not who I’m supposed to be” (204). I agree with Orbach’s analysis that media’s perception on women also relates to the male perspective and the fashion industry. This stresses women to relentlessly think about weight. Media is all around us whether it’s on the television we watch, in the magazines we occasionally read, on the commercials blasting from the car radio, or from the celebrities we admire. From a woman’s point of view, I’m very influenced by the media around me. Something
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