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IRT How does the media affect girl's body image? 2013
Transcript of IRT How does the media affect girl's body image? 2013
Hello parents, teachers and students , my name is Eloise Wajon and welcome to my IRT presentation. The topic I chose for my IRT was "How does the media affect girls' body image?". I chose this topic because I think this is a vitally important issue for for girls in both mine and the coming generations. I have also been long interested in topics of this genre, and when I am older, I would like to pursue a career in psychology.
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17 July 2013
I am not sure of which topic I am to do. My parents said they did not care for my previous topic: eating disordesr, so I am stuck. Luckily the teachers gave me all these brainstorming sheets..heh
22nd August 2013
I'm actually beginning to really enjoy this, I think I just chose the right topic. My writing's improving and the more I do on my IRT, the more I think I'm going to get out of this.
I've finished my info report and I'm going to email to the teacher on Sunday. I've also come up with an idea for my fine arts.
and what does it have to do with our self esteem?
Body image is the way we think and feel about our own bodies. This means what we think about how we look, and what we believe others think about our body's appearance.
It seems for a lot of people, everywhere we go, on TV, in magazines, and even with our friends, family and coworkers, there is a huge focus on the way people look. Turning on a TV or stepping outside is all you need to do to see millions of images of the apparently perfect body the media holds up as being all you need to have a great life. Thinness for girls and muscularity for boys is being fed to us as being the "right" type of body.
WHAT IS THE MEDIA AND HOW DOES IT INFLUENCE ?
“Now, do you want to look like Molly Ringwald, like in The Breakfast Club?” I nodded. “Then all you have to do is become thin!” I suppose then I looked a little skeptical , because then she pulled out a magazine and began to flip through, showing me the pictures along the way. She pointed at a girl in a M.A.C ad. “See, isn’t she pretty? Don’t you want to look like her?” I nodded eagerly, maybe a little too eagerly. “Well, you know, you already kind of do look like her. You just need to become thinner!”
a excerpt from my narrative:
HOW DOES THE MEDIA
AND OTHER FACTORS
As they grow into their teen years, the role models don't get any better. A recent blog type which has popped up, called “thinspiration” blogs. These are blogs with pictures of usually quite unhealthily skinny girls, and quotes that are eating disorder provocative. This has become very popular on sites like Tumblr.
1. Do you follow the Voluntary Indus-try Code of Conduct on Body Image? If so, what made you decide to follow it?
Absolutely. For us, it wasn't a hard decision given that we were already following it based on our own Body Image policy. I feel passionately about improving and enriching the lives of teenage girls, and one of the ways we can do that is by showcasing realistic images.
2. Do you really think body image is that big an issue for your target audience?
Yes, which is why we have dedicated ongoing campaigns to improving our readers self esteem and body image. Campaigns like Project You have had such a positive impact on our readers that we have seen an improvement in their self-image, and b
3. How would you describe your magazine's approach to dealing with body image and related topics?
This is outlined in our Body Image pol-icy, but put simply we are committed to being transparent with our readers on the use of photo shop (Girlfriend pioneered "reality checks" to disclose retouching back in 2006) and also using readers of all shape, size and ethnicity within the pages of our magazine. In fact we use readers in two thirds of our pages!
4. What is your policy on retouching images? In what circumstances is it okay and in which is it not? In other words, where do draw the line at what you can retouch and what you cannot?
See the body image policy (the editor has requested that the body image policy not be published)
5. What about other magazines (per-haps aimed at older females than yours) policies on retouching images? Even though you may not retouch images for the girls' body image's sake, what about when girls grow older than your age demographic? Who is looking after them then?
I'm not able to comment on other magazine's policies as I am not familiar with them. All I can hope is that Girl-friend has educated our readers enough so that when they move on from our magazine they are able to identify what is and isn't a realistic image. We are encouraging media literacy in our readers and hope this is something they will take with them.
6. Do you think having body image issues are a normal part of growing into a woman?
I think there is no such thing as a normal experience! With body image there are so many factors at play – not just the media alone. There's how your mum talks about her body/ her relationship with herself and her body image (is she always on a diet? Does she always say "I'm fat") there's social groups, social media, celebrities and more. Your teen years are a time of great change and learning when you're finding out who you are and what you want to be.
an excerpt from my narrative:
I suppose then I looked a little skeptical , because then she pulled out a magazine and began to flip through, showing me the pictures along the way. She pointed at a girl in a M.A.C ad. “See, isn’t she pretty? Don’t you want to look like her?” I nodded eagerly, maybe a little too eagerly. “Well, you know, you already kind of do look like her. You just need to become thinner!”
an excerpt from my narrative
BY LORI GOTTLIEB
One major flaw in the story, though, is that Lori almost seems to cure herself. This does not happen to people with eating disorders. People with eating disorders cannot just think themselves better, they have to go through a very, very long recovery process. I found that to be a very unrealistic to portray eating disorders. Especially for someone who apparently had one.
an excerpt from
my book report:
The book I read was about an 11 year old who becomes anorexic and ends up hospitalized
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In the media, there's a huge emphasis on the way people look. It seems that people can't escape constant bombarding of impossible beauty, unattainable thinness, and unnatural muscularity.
GIRLS ARE BECOMING MORE AFRAID OF
NEVER THE HEROINE
an example of a thinspiration picture:
If Barbie was a real girl:
waist would be too small to contain internal organs
ankles could not support
neck couldn't support head
an example of a reality check: