1 While flipping through our favorite magazines, many Americans start to question their body image and start comparing their body types with those who are on the fashion run ways and covers of the hottest magazines. Ted Spiker, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Florida, is a contributing editor to Men’s Health and had written an article for O: The Oprah Magazine. In his article “How Men Really Feel about Their Bodies” (O: The Oprah Magazine, August 2003) suggests that men are rapidly fighting with imagine issues equal to or more than what females deal with in today’ssociety. While Spiker makes an argument from the male perspective, I would like to introduce another journalist whose perspective is diverse to that of Spiker’s. Lily-Rygh Glen, an ex-member of the National Association to Advance Fat Americans (NAAFA), a journalist, in her article “Big Trouble” (Bitch Magazine, Winter 08) stresses that groups such as NAAFA need not to ignore dangerous issues that are said to be against their valuesinstead embrace these issues with care to help those in need. While both Spiker and Glen wrote on similar topics they do share a difference in approach in providing the evidence needed to help their respective audiences to grasp their main claims.
2 Men in America today are faced with body image issues that previous generations did not experience. Spiker takes us through a journey of his personal experience describing the daily struggle that men nowadays go through with competing against their own. As his article appeared in a mainstream female magazine, which only suggests that, he wants to illustrate to women that they are not alone in stressing over their looks to not only impress the opposite sex but even the same sex. One of Spiker’s philosophical views in which men are stressing about their looks ever so more is that women are now freer to pick a man for his cute butt for the reason that this generation of... [continues]
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