Body Images

Tania Galvan

Meida problem:

Ads paint a limited image of what men and women can be and look like. These limited sink into our conscious and unconscious minds and limits our understanding of our worth and our full potential. Girls early as 10 years old show concern about their bodies, their clothes, their homes and the need to look skinny or perfect. These images like a slim thin waist begin to look as a normal or desirable shape of body. 10 year old girls have reported having dieting and that of eight million American women suffer from anorexia or bulimia. These eating disorders can lead to death. many girls don't know that their is no such thing as a perfect body, face or appearance. All of these false images are created by makeup artist, photographers, and photo retouches. Every single image is worked over such as Blemishes, wrinkles, and every imperfection are brushed away. Models teeth and eyeballs are bleached white and in some cases the face of a model can be combined with the body of another model with the leg of a third model and a smile of a fourth model.
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This should not be allowed.

Young girls who are incoming teenagers should not grow up thinking that they should look like a super model. They should enjoy their youth thinking about school and their future. These girls grow up thinking that having a thin waist or perfect facial feutures are all that matters. One's body is what makes us who we are. Every single person is unique due to an individual physical trait. Even though everyone has an opinion about what his or her perfect body would be, changing one's personal features would take away from individuality. their is no secret about the media and how it is filled with countless media images of thin female models and actresses who look beautiful by modern American standards and appear happy. Many girls view them as role models. It doesn't help that real-life role models often openly obsess about their own weight that male role models, it makes a clear preference for thinner women and an overwhelming percentage of girls clothing features body and most comfortably worn by the ultra-thin models.
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Solution:

Media needs to put the real body images onto the world.The media should stop using human beings as objects in order to sell material items such as cars, clothing, makeup and other products Human beings in general tend to stop seeing each other as living things with minds and value. We sometimes refer to one another as "background characters or extras" in our own ambitions. What if magazines don't use paid models in them? Get "real life" models so they all look like you and me. You can talk about how Dove soap did their campaign with actual real-size women and the effect that had on people. As far as action steps this would be difficult because most suggestions might interfere with the magazine's freedom of speech. Perhaaps a better way would be to intervene with the girls before they can even see the magazines. Parents can use healthy life habits and teach kids how to eat right. Parents could also teach their kids how to take care and be healthy and strong without harming themselves. We can talk about their self-esteem and how that is very important in a teens life. The meaning of this would be loving and caring for their body and not causing any harm to themselves.
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