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Gender Bias In The Media

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Do I look fat today? Does my hair look alright? Why can't I have better skin, a better body? These are questions men are asking themselves every day, and yet the subject is very hush hush with boys there's a lot more "banter". They're often hurt, but the expectation is to laugh and shrug it off. Do looks matter? No, you say. Yet we live in a society that seems to contradict this very idea if looks don't matter why does the media use airbrushing to have men appear more muscular? The pressure of "body perfection" which we promote is a risk factor for developing an eating disorder. Bombarded with unhealthy male body ideals, the media target on the vulnerable people who strive for acceptance. We must address this ongoing gender bias so men have the confidence to get the help they need. “If you think about the changes over the last 30 to 45 years in how men are depicted in Hollywood, cartoons, magazines and action toys, you’ll see that men’s bodies [today] appear much more muscular,” says Dr. Harrison Pope, director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. The media's use of airbrushed images have contributed to low body image satisfaction among men—usually just considered a problem for women. More than four in five men (80.7%) talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image by referring to perceived flaws and imperfections, compared with 75% of women. Similarly, 38% of men would sacrifice at least a year of their life in exchange
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