A Dangerous Mindset
by Carol M8 on September 7, 2012 - 10:47am
My blog post is going to be about an incredibly important issue, that is, the media’s effect on woman. This is a topic that is very important to me and I have done some of my own independent research on this topic in the past. The way in which advertisements objectify women and movies and television often depict woman as explicitly sexual beings has a tragic effect not only on adolescent girls but woman of all ages and races. However, I do believe it is our adolescents we should be most concerned about when considering this issue.
It is one thing for girls and women to want to be pretty, putting on makeup and doing your hair is definitely an enjoyable process for a lot of females. It is the media’s portrayal of what women should be like that is hurting all of us, that is, an unachievable perfection. Why unachievable? Not only do celebrities and models have their own nutritionists and personal trainers, makeup artists, stylist to make them look their best, now days digital enhancement is being used in practically every ad. The media depicts that women must be skinny, which leads to a lot of girls and women developing eating disorders to reach this goal of “how they should look”. Also many girls feel as though they need plastic surgery, surgery is always a dangerous procedure and young girls have died in surgery because they felt as though they needed to change something about themselves to look like the models and celebrities that are everywhere they look. I mean everywhere- billboards, television, movies, magazines in the grocery store when you walk by, there is no escaping it. It is a mindset that is forced upon us and takes away from a lot of other more important aspects of life that girls should be focused on. As well it is hurting many young women’s self-esteem so that they limit themselves from their true potential and happiness.
Clearly there is a lot more to say about this but I believe the research out there is what is really convincing that this is a problem that should be looked at more closely by males and females alike if we as a society want to move forward.