Enjoyment of Being a Girl: Overcoming Industry Standards Essay

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Have you ever been looking at a magazine and notice you are not “what a guy wants”? Or have you ever sat and watched television and then proceeded to look into the mirror and feel so badly about your appearance that you felt depressed? Many women in today’s world experience these same feelings each time they come in contact with some type of media. The media has always used women as a way to sell products or used them as propaganda, but how far is too far? The media is a large source of entertainment for women of today. Women spend the majority of their time looking at magazines for latest fashions or trends. These media sources all share one subject: negative images of women. These places all share one thing; negative images of women.…show more content…
It is as though the media is a bad demand out for no good because America’s standards are so unrealistic (Media’s not). “The media paints a picture of unrealistic body images that make people feel they don’t fit and can’t fit in”, said Shelly Perlin a Sciences Major (WVU). Women come into the world with a sense of innocence and no worries and then once they reach a certain age, they start feeling a sense of security if they have what others have, or if they are the “perfect” women. Women have to face so many different standards within a short span of life that they do not always know what is right. The media is a major influence and influences society beyond its knowledge (Media’s). The media is so influential that it does not allow people to make their own personal judgments
(Media’s ticket). Some people feel as though the media is not all to blame for negative body images.
Television and Magazines have a high impact on women today. In television the majority of female characters on T.V. are thin (Media’s not). Statistics show that the average adolescent girl’s unrealistic body images are due to the three to four hours of T.V. they watch (WVU). After women watch at least thirty minutes of T.V. or advertisements with thin women, they show signs of guilt, depression, shame, and body dissatisfaction (Media’s Negative). According

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