Womyn in the Media
by Beastmode1 on September 26, 2015 - 5:07pm
Womyn in the media
In today’s society, we have to understand media. Media and technology are conveying contents that are influencing our society such as our adolescent’s brains, lives and emotions. It’s showing to girls what’s more important is that their worth depends on how they look. We get it from movies, television shows, video games and advertisement. The lingerie brand, Victoria Secrets, features female body in many problematic ways. They portray what the media’s version of the perfect body: tall, thin, and glamorous. All of the models have attractive eyes, sexy lips, spotless skin, voluminous hair, and picture-perfect bodies, along with long and toned legs to balance their faces, well that’s what they want our youth to believe. What is really going on in this advertisement is that the company use these beautiful girls to sell their sexy lingerie. Why is it problematic? These models set an example of who we are and who we should be. It is telling us how to look and how to be beautiful. It is also telling us, in order to be acceptable, we have to be thin. It encourages a very idealistic idea of body image. What the society might not know, it is possible to achieve that perfect image because of modifying software such as Photoshop. What we can do to fix this ad is by getting people of all size with different body type, different race, different height, different hair color just to name a few. We are all unique. We should be happy in our own body. In the documentary “Miss Representation”, a high school student name Maria, states: “Everybody needs to learn what the media is really all about. Its about how they want you to be something that you're not.” All this does is to continue lower self-confidence with women who feel that their bodies are unappealing because they do not fit into a narrow standard of beauty. It causes to a culture that encourages serious health problems such as negative body image and eating disorders. According to Miss Representation, “65% of women and girls have an eating disorder.” “53% of 12 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number increases to 78% by the age of 17.” Ariella, another high school student, states: “There is no appreciation for women intellectuals. Its all about the body, not about the brain” These messages are corrupting our future generations of young women and poisoning their self-perspective. “17% of teens engage in cutting and self-injuries behaviour”. Every girl should be comfortable in their own skin, and achieve their potentials and be their own leaders. We cannot let the media impact our culture. ¨Know who you are, know what is best about you, have confidence in yourself and don’t try to be anybody else¨ says Susan Molinari, a Political Commenter & Lobbyist, Former U.S Representative in New York. At the end of the day, parents have to be more careful in what their kids are being exposed to.
Documentary, Miss Representation