Essay on Media Effects on Body Image

617 Words Dec 25th, 2007 3 Pages
With the tremendous effect the media has on men & women's body image/self-esteem, there are things the media and those being effected can do to limit the impact. The media can change the portrayal of models in magazines, television, billboards, etc. By portraying unrealistic models, studies can conclude that it causes a negative effect on men and women leading to eating disorders, self-esteem problems, and possibly even sometimes more dramatic actions such as suicide (Groesz, Levine, and Murnen 2,4). So why always have these ultra-thin gorgeous female models and tall handsome masculine models in magazine ads, billboards ads, etc.? If the media would show people as who they really are and at weights and sizes that are attainable it …show more content…
Last, more organizations such as, About-Face, fighting against negative images of women in the media could possibly help to decrease the problem. About-Face is a non-profit organization out of San Francisco. It began in August of 1995 and their purpose is to combat negative and distorted images of women in the media. They first started when an advertisement of Kate Moss for perfume was displayed and her body image was altered and adjusted and made her look skeletal. They took that same poster had "Emaciation Stinks" in bold printed across the top and "Stop Starvation Imagery" across the bottom of the poster and hung hundreds of their version all over the streets of San Francisco. This event gave many others the motivation to voice their opinions on media's negative images of women and to also get involved in organizations such as About-Face (About-Face). If more and more people learn about how much the media is effecting not only women but men and both of all ages, and get involved in more organizations that battle against this, it might not stop the media from doing what they are doing, but it could help others to follow their footsteps instead of falling into the media's negative wrath of unrealistic body image
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