Why Women Have Lower Self-Esteem

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Kelly Knipfer
Why Women Have Lower Self-Esteem
November 9, 2012
OSU-OKC
PYSC 2223- Child Psychology
Dr. Austin

Does any of this sound familiar? "I'm too tall." "I'm too short." "I'm too skinny." "If only I was shorter/taller/had curly hair/straight hair/a smaller nose/longer legs, I'd be happy.” Are you putting yourself down? If so, you're not alone. As a teen, you're going through lots of changes in your body. And, as your body changes, so does your image of yourself. It's not always easy to like every part of your looks, but when you get stuck on the negatives it can really bring down your self-esteem. (Teen Health)

Physical images and changes in the body appear to be the most important relation with self-esteem. Adolescences experiences a time of rapid and powerful emotional and physical changes. There is an increased value placed on peer acceptance and approval, and a heightened attention to external influences and social messages about cultural norms. The way adolescents formulate and describe the ideal of their own body image and subsequent self-judgment is strongly influenced by individuals, family, media, and cultural aspects.

There is a lot pressure on women to look, act and look a certain way. Throughout the history, women have always been considered inferior to men. We even still to this day are subjected to the think that men more superior. For example, an obsessed man would have a higher chance of getting a position in a corporate office then a obsessed women would. If a man slept with hundred of women, his friends would praise him for doing what he did, but on the other hand if a women were to do that then she would be considered a slut. This is because the male mentality over powers the majority of our culture as whole.

We have this unrealistic standards to live up to, like wearing a size 0, weighting 105 pounds, the most perfect shaped...
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