Body Image Research Paper

1648 Words Sep 16th, 2012 7 Pages
How the media affects body image of females in America

It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What happens when those eyes are the shallow, blind eyes of the media? Beauty is no longer valued as personality or kindness, but as how many bones stick out of one’s skin. There are many factors in today’s society that contribute to the idea of beauty such as appearance. The main poison affecting how society views beauty is the media. Female adolescents and adult women in the United States are more interested in beauty and obsessed with body image now than ever before. The twenty-first century is obsessed with the media and what it delivers to the public. What the media emphasizes is what the women of the world desire. If the
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Women were trying to regain the curves they were once trying to restrict. The most idolized women around that time were Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Look at the bodies they had; curvy, voluptuous and healthy. Just because they were not a size zero, did not affect how beautiful they really were. Then again, in the 1960’s, slenderness was back. The model Twiggy (sadly, an appropriate name for such a tiny person) showed that her fragile figure was what equaled beauty. Between 1970 and 1990, the demand for being skinny was taking a toll on the world (thesite.org). Based on statistics in Social Forces, women ages eighteen to fifty-nine in the general population to be significantly thinner than their current body size (Crosnoe, 1189). Today, thin is in and women are trying to do everything they can to be prettier, skinnier, and more beautiful than ever before. In the journal article Plastic Makes Perfect, it talks about how even mothers want to be slim and perfect. Despite the fact that being shapely due to having kids should make a woman proud, mothers still want to conform to the pressures society is demanding. This article says that no one specifically counts the number of tummy tucks and breast augmentations done. But according to the numbers of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast implants were the most popular surgery in 2007 with 384,000 performed. Of that, one third was women over forty and had the

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