The Negative Impact on a Woman's Self Esteem

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Fatema Mernissi, “Size 6: The Western Woman's Harem,” (274) explains how American Society can put a negative impact on a woman's self esteem because of their harsh expectations. She puts the blame on the American man's requirements that a woman be a size four or six to be considered desirable. Our society is obsessed with the thought of being thin. The media puts out a harsh influence on how our young girls are suppose to look and act. These kind of expectations cause eating disorders and very low self esteem problems that could result in suicide. Could it be our expectations of a woman's body image to be skinny is just as cruel as the veiling laws in Eastern women. In America we don't define our beauty anymore. It's the media that defines what beauty is and this influences our young women on how they view themselves. We tell each other that beauty is only skin deep. But if this was true then why does the media feel its necessary to airbrush all the imperfections that makes that person who they are. Even though the media defines beauty by women being a size smaller than a six the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2001-2010 table represents the average woman is approximately “5'3 and weighs in at 166.2 lbs with a waist of 37.5 inches which is about a size 12-14,” (CDC). “And tell the believing women to reduce some of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which necessarily appears thereof and to wrap a portion of

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