Mass Media and Effect on Young Women

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Austin Nielsen
English 1010
Mrs. Anna Black
Casual Argument Research Assignment

THE EFFECT OF MEDIA ON A YOUNG WOMAN’S SELF-IMAGE

Today’s Media plays a large role in dictating what a true woman should look like, talk like and who they should be friends with. Bye in large. The media has had an overwhelmingly negative impact on a woman’s self of steam and her feeling of self-worth. The media has portrayed the ideal woman as tall, slender, tons of friends and a successful job. But what does that make all the rest of the “real” women? It makes them feel inferior. Leading to poor eating habits, anorexia, and severe medical complications in a desperate attempt to gain the perfect womanly figure. This unrealistic portrayal is leading woman into lifestyle that is ultimately self-destructive and detrimental to their well-being. “A recent survey commissioned by a British magazine found that: 79% of the 2000 women surveyed thought that their social lives would improve if they were thinner. 83% thought that overweight celebrities led unhappy lives. 70% believed that overweight people were generally seen as less intelligent and less attractive. 88% of girls feel the need to “look perfect”. 60% say their appearance is their biggest concern in life. These kinds of statistics are appalling, yet go bye unnoticed by billions of people worldwide who have come to accept that getting skinny is the new norm and ultimate goal for every woman. Also the Media’s definition of the “perfect life” has become greatly distrted and completely beyond the means of the average woman. “If you are paid 100,000 a year to work part-time, have a house worth 1.6million and an Aston Martin in the driveway, congratulations. In the view of many, you have the perfect life.”-Mail online news. This kind of image leads many woman to become completely dissatisfied with their “mediocre” jobs, and are convinced the place to be is 10 floors up telling someone else what to do. This can have an...
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