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The Media's Effects on the Female Race

The media plays an important role in our lives today and it's portrayal of women has and continues to set the standards women in our society
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sandra onekhena

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of The Media's Effects on the Female Race

Media and Body Dissatisfaction in Women The media has become a very important part of our lives, and we are constantly surrounded by its different forms, suchs as advertisments, magazines, Tv programs...etc.
The average American watches 151 hours of TV a month, which means that an average American watches 1812 hours of TV a year
According to cbsnews.com, an average person may see up to 5000 Ads a day. This suggests that we consider the media to be important and beneficial to us.
The media defines beauty and society accepts it.
This increases the pressure on women to look the look (what the media defines as beautiful) 80% of women admit that they feel insecure about their bodies when compared to what they see in the media
Let’s Go Back In Time to the 1940's Models in the 1940s were voluptuous and curvy. They showed a more realistic image of women.
In this time Thin people where considered unattractive and socially withdrawn while thicker women were considered more attractive but as time went on models became skinner... Today... The average American model is 5'11" and weighs 117 pounds, while the average American woman is 5'4" and weighs 140 pounds.
Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women
Because of advertisements and magazines directed towards the male population, men are conditioned to believe a certain ideal of what women should look like.

Through advertisements and magazines directed towards the male population, men are conditioned to believe a certain ideal of what women should look like.

The obsessive desire to meet the media's standards of beauty causes some women turn to extreme diets and pills. These habits sometimes develop into disorders like Anorexia, Bulimia and depression , which may cause death.
Anorexia is a lack and loss of appetite for food, characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight.
Bulimia is a disorder in which the obsessive desire to be thin and short periods of intense eating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting.
A lot of people (especially young girls), are unaware of the processes used in making Ads.
Excessive amounts of cosmetics are put on the models and afterwards the photos or videos are touched up through applications like Photoshop
If women are aware of the steps taken by the media to produce such unrealistic images, the rates of eating disorders, depression and self esteem issues will significantly decrease.
Ladies...you are beautiful just the way you are
Through advertisements and magazines directed towards the male population, men are conditioned to believe a certain ideal of what women should look like.
Through advertisements and magazines directed towards the male population, men are conditioned to believe a certain ideal of what women should look like.

In this time Thin people where considered unattractive and socially withdrawn while thicker women were considered more attractive

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