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How the media effects teenagers through magazines and the ethical implications.

We will look specifically at Fashion magazines and how it targets the youth. We will also look at the ethical implications related tot hsi matter.

Mary Niles

on 20 October 2011

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Transcript of How the media effects teenagers through magazines and the ethical implications.

The media's effect on teenage girls through fashion magazines. How the youth is targetted Ethical implications The evolution of fashion magazines The issue at hand Eating disorders Anorexia:
Occurs in about 1% of the adolescent population and is more common in girls than in boys
Even as young as 8 years old but is more common in those from 12-20 The fashion magazines and media is to blame! Fashion magazines rush the youth to grow up before an appropriate age Due to the content in the pictures and articles that the youth is absorbing on a daily basis, the youth is maturing way faster then normal Originating in the eighteenth century- served as a standard for women’s fashion 19th century: fashion magazines targetted the middle class.
Industrial Revolution Today fashion magazines and the media play an enormous role in the consumption of clothing.
The first way the media is utilized by the fashion business is to simply promote the latest fashions to potential consumers.
The second is by creating a mood that appeals to the consumer’s imagination and creates a desire to purchase However, are young girls getting the wrong idea from these magazines? Unrealistic notions of female beauty and body shapes may result in the internalization of those standards by pre-adolescent girls. Actors, singers, and socialites.
The 12 most frequent celebrities were publicly recorded as engaging in behaviors such as disordered eating and drug use. Pre-adolescent girls' magazines vs. celebrity images More likely to buy beauty products, new clothes, and diet aids. Exposure to images of thin, young, air-brushed female bodies is linked to many disorders. The Canadian Women's Health Network warns that weight control measures are now being taken by girls as young as 5 and 6. American statistics are similar. Overall research indicates that 90% of women are dissatisfied with their appearance in some way. In 2003: 35 % of girls 6 to 12 years old have been on at least one diet
50 to 70 per cent of normal weight girls believe they are overweight. Marika Tiggemann and Levina Clark in 2006 titled “Appearance Culture in Nine- to 12-Year-Old Girls: Media and Peer Influences on Body Dissatisfaction,” indicate that:

nearly half of all preadolescent girls wish to be thinner, and as a result have engaged in a diet or are aware of the concept of dieting. If Barbie-doll proportions were real: her back would be too weak to support the weight of her upper body, and her body would be too narrow to contain more than half a liver and a few centimeters of bowel.
A real woman would suffer from chronic diarrhea and eventually die from malnutrition. Women’s magazines have 10 and one-half times more ads and articles promoting weight loss than men’s magazines do
Over 3/4 of the covers of women’s magazines include at least one message about how to change a woman’s bodily appearance—by diet, exercise or cosmetic surgery. Questions: Fashion magazines growing rapidly Early fashion magazines featured many things

Advice columns...gossip...beauty tips In the United States, as many as 10 in 100 young women suffer from an eating disorder. Treatment is often prolonged, and only about 50% of those with anorexia fully recover Bulimia:
Recovery rates with treatment are about 50%, with an additional 30% who improve somewhat and about 20% who continue to have chronic symptoms of bulimia.
Many do eventually recover. We are a two-body society: Girls ages 8 to 12 are spending about $500 million annually on beauty products "Kids are a a product of their environment. You've got movies with Lindsay Lohan and her fake tan. They get the message, 'Oh if you do this, you'll be beautiful." Some countries are beginning to ban fashion models of a certain size - but how much impact will this have on body shape ideals of popular culture?

How willingly do we subscribe to a cult of perceived beauty that is attainable by so few? Could it be that after all these years, many women are still judged (by themselves and others) on the basis of body shape and little else?

Do you see the media changing its habits on how it portrays the female body and will the ultimately effect girls with eating disorders?

What should be done within schools and at home to address this troubling dilemma? "Since this is the media ethics class, I think magazine editors should pay more attention in their ethical use of digital editing in images of female models. It's widely known that magazines use software like Photoshop to manipulate pictures of models to make them look "perfect." These manipulations create an unrealistic body image among young girls, could have affected their self-esteem, and might have contributed to eating disorders among some girls. Magazine editors should not publish manipulated images that mislead readers or misrepresent reality, especially when they could cause harm. Cropping images is one thing, but retouching them to create false, unrealistic perception is unethical. " The great Gee
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