Body Image and Pop Culture

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Philip andersonFri, Jan 7, 2011

Mr. Tyson

Body Image and Pop Culture

Body Image, in the Merriam- Dictionary it states that it is “a subjective picture of one's own physical appearance established both by self-observation and by noting the reactions of others”. Millions of people all around the world have an obsession, rather a secret obsession. That obsession is about how they look, or in other words their body image. Many People wouldn’t mind having a flatter stomach and a smaller waist size. Also, they worry that their thighs are too chubby, their arms are not built enough, or their breasts are too small. Most importantly people care about how they look. These insecurities are the idea of the media and pop culture. The media usually portrays unattainable level of beauty and body perfections. This is why ordinary people like you and me are dissatisfied with their body image. People really care about how they look; therefore they are willing to dish out lots of money for them to look better. This idea is why some women feel that they need to look like models, or in other words look really thin. Also, this is why men feel like they need to look built and muscular. Lastly, in order to attain this perfect body image, drastic measures are taken to achieve this image.

Being a thin female is beautiful, at least this what a lot of women believe. Celebrities usually convey this perfection. The ideal woman nowadays is defined as a thin, fit young woman. These stereotypes of women are in magazines, billboards and on TV. These stereotypes are everywhere, all you have to do is take a quick look on TV and you will realize how important physical appearance is in our society. If one was to take a walk at their local mall you will see how all mannequin on display are thin. In addition, advertisements emphasize thinness as a standard for female beauty. Following this further, today’s fashion models weigh 23% less than the average female;...
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