Society Lack of Tolerance in Body Image

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Tolerance is the realization that there are other people in this world, and we may have our values and views on different topics but must respect others’ opinions and have an open mind. Our society is lacking tolerance in many ways but one way is how society expects women to be perfect and live up to the media’s expectations. Women attempt to dress and look like celebrities to stay “in-style”. Women also may mimic actions of celebrities or have cosmetic surgery to look similar to them. The portrayal of women in the media is affecting women around the world to become someone who they are not due to society’s beliefs of what beautiful is due to the medias portrayal. Portrayal of women in the media is that women are expected to look like celebrities, or dress a certain way to be successful in life. The female boy is used as a scale towards success; women believe that in order to be successful they must look like a success. For example, models use their body in magazines to gain popularity and money in order to succeed. The media also empowers women based on their appearance. Women are portrayed to be used as sex icons and are rewarded for it in the media with popularity and money. “The female characters often depicted in film and television cast gender stereotypes and the likelihood of women, specifically young women, to be hyper sexualized in film is far more expected than men”.(Women are Portrayed as sex icons in the media showing a massive gender imbalance).The female body is glorified in the eyes of teenage girls. Teenage girls are pressured to be at society’s level of perfect. “ Children growing up today are bombarded from a very early age with graphic messages about sex and sexiness in the media and popular culture”(Levin2). The female body is pressured to be perfect due to the medias portrayal of what beautiful is or what sexy is. Women will push themselves to dangerous extents to look as what the media expects them to look like. For example women may get...
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