Self Esteem : Self And Beauty

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It takes more energy, trying to pretend to be someone else than being yourself. 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in any way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends. 74% of girls say they are under pressure to please everyone (Girls Inc, The Supergirl Dilemma) 98% of girls feels there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way (National Report on Self Esteem) 92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest. (Dove campaign) 90% of eating disorders are found in girls (National Association for Self Esteem). 1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis – depression,…show more content…
The abundance of images of women with long, straight, flowing hair that are promoted in the media only act to encourage black women to straighten their hair in a bid to emulate these popular images. If images of beautiful black women with natural hair continue to be few and far between, it stands to reason that the tendency for many black women to straighten their hair as opposed to keeping it natural will continue and the pressure to conform will be considerable. Banks (2000) sums up the situation beautifully in this author's opinion when she argues that as a result of dominant images of beauty being so heavily internalized, many black women do not see leaving their hair natural as a viable option. Donaldson (2012) argues that though the influence of media and advertisements on black women is one which encourages them to straighten their hair and emulate white characteristics (at least subliminally) this should not be considered a form of self hatred, as they are merely emulating what is popular. This author disagrees somewhat with this position, as in his opinion, to the extent that black women actually perceive themselves to be (or buy into the notion that they are) more beautiful with
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