by hwhit3 on November 5, 2013 - 2:46pm
Today, Media seems to be the source of all problems. On a day-to-day basis people are saying, “Young girls want to be exactly like the models they see in magazines, so they are starving themselves.” Someone else might say, “Young boys are playing violent video games that teach them their problems can be resolved by fighting.” L. Monique Ward, Kayla M. Day, and Marina Epstein explain in their unique article the benefits of media and how many people, teenage girls in particular, depend on the information provided. People like to read magazines because it not only provides them with embarrassing sexual information, but also when they buy the magazine, they consume the information anonymously. In this article it states that 51 percent of readers aged 12 to 18 say that magazines are an important source of information of sexual and reproductive health (Ward 59). Due to positive effects on media, 60 percent of teens say that they learned how to resist and say “no” when unwanted sexual situations arise. Most importantly, 43 percent of readers know how to talk about safe sex with their partner after reading magazines or watching television shows. Media gives more to society than just important information; according to this article women look to soap operas and other shows to serve as an anchor for dating norms, sexual development, and self-expression. L. Monique Ward and colleges use the classic show “I Love Lucy” as an example. “Some women saw her as smart, resourceful and determined and inspired to be like her. Others saw Lucy as ditzy and subservient and made efforts not to be like her” (Ward 63). No matter how women looked at her, she was still an anchor for women’s reflections on sexual self-development.
I think that it is true that media is not credited with the positive influence it inflicts on everyone. Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant from MTV show teenagers what it’s like being a teen mom and discussed all the consequences from unsafe sex; teenagers really learn a lot by this show. Also the media does portray many skinny and attractive models that everyone wants to look like, and most of these models are not good role models, but there are actors and actresses that definitely have a good influence on kids. Jennifer Lawrence for example says, "I'm never going to starve myself for a part...I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner’" (Serpe 2012). Along with the skinny and fabulous models, there are a lot of advertisements for weight loss programs. Magazines like Cosmo Girl and Seventeen Magazine give a lot of information about what foods not to eat, healthy snacks, and home exercises. There is a down side to media, but no one ever discusses the positive outcomes of it. Media supports society more than it destroys it.
Ward, L., Day, K. M., & Epstein, M. (2006). Uncommonly good: Exploring how mass
media may be a positive influence on young women's sexual health and
development. New Directions For Child & Adolescent Development, 2006(112), 57-70. doi:10.1002/cd.162
Serpe, Gina. (November 8 2012). E News. In eonline.com. Retrieved October 5, 2013, from http://www.eonline.com/news/361385/jennifer-lawrence-talks-love-weight-i....