Essay about Stereotypes in the Media

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Stereotypes are everywhere; they are on television, billboards, posters, magazines, and even on the internet. Stereotypes are presented everywhere in the media; from the stereotypical skinny model on the cover of a magazine, to a racial stereotype on television. The people creating these tactless items in the media may not be aware of the danger they are causing to society, but this unfortunate occurrence must be prevented. The media can unquestionably present danger to many people when they exhibit stereotyping. Stereotyping can lead to treacherous events, such as negative internalization and incorrect judgment.
When people view advertisements in the media, they tend to internalize the stereotypes that are being used in them. The models
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Even lipstick promises to make dark upper lips more pink.” (“The Beauty Industry Promotes Unrealistic Beauty Standards”). A stereotype such as this can make people in Asian countries of darker color feel like they do not belong because they are not the same as everyone else on television.
The most typical stereotype nowadays is the skinny male or female usually seen in the fashion industry. Most of these models shown in the media are not even normal, but society still strives to look as the models do. According to the article “Introduction to Body Image: Teen Decisions” ,“experts claim that fashion models weigh 23 percent less than the average female; an average model is five feet eleven inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, while an average woman is five feet four inches tall and weighs 140 pounds”.
Many people, especially teenagers, cringe at the thought of being overweight. People who are overweight are usually teased and bullied by other people; they may also be thought of as “disgusting”, “fat”, and other horrendous names. Many overweight woman have been hurt “physically, sexually, verbally, medically, and financially” ("Preface to 'The Impact of Culture on Women's Health’.”) just because they are different from other people. There are many cruel people in the world who do not accept the differences of others because all their lives, they have been taught by the media that skinny is what is normal. Anything other than

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