Never Just Pictures by Susan Bordo

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"Never Just Pictures" by Susan Bordo, is about how today's society looks at different types of media to get an idea of what they should look like. In this essay, the author tries to get the readers to take a closer look at today's obsession with the physique of the human body. Bordo talks about how things that were once considered normal, no longer are. Literally people are purging and starving their bodies to become nothing more than silhouettes of themselves. Instead of being alive and healthy, they would rather become a stick figure in someones pictures. Bordo opens eyes to the idea that "thin is in", and what causes poeple to think this way, and why this problem (striving to be thin) is continuing to grow. Bordo is basically saying…show more content…
It is often accompanied by self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, malnutrition, and other physiological changes. Young women, (and now men), are willing to go through extremes to make themselves look "normal", even gambling with death.
Today, on February 23, 2007, the world renown Associated Press news outlet reported that the Italian government has came up with standards with the Italian fashion industry to promote the use of healthy, full-bodied models on the runway and when modeling clothing in the media. The new standards most importantly prohibit women with a body mass index of less than 18 (which is described by doctors as being serverly underweight), from participating in Italy's fashion industry. Being one the worlds leaders in fashion, Italy hopes that fashion industries in other countries will follow their example. One country that is already implementing changes on their runways is Brazil, where women under the age of 16 are no longer allowed on the runways. Hopefully this fashion movement will gain momentum and other countries will change the definition of beauty, so that people will not feel like they have to hurt themselves to fit in.
In closing, "Never Just Pictures" by Susan Bordo, isn't just an informative, and well written essay but is also part of the combined force

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