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The Other Side of Beauty

Stereotypical Beauty, Eating Disorders, and the Sexualization of Women.

Fahmida Azim

on 21 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea The Other Side of Beauty The Beauty Myth A woman is beautiful if she is size two or under
A woman is beautiful if she has large breasts
A woman is beautiful if she has long legs
A woman is beautiful if she has smooth hairless skin
A woman is beautiful if she straight perfect teeth
A woman is beautiful if she is wrinkle free
A woman is beautiful if she has a small nose
A woman is beautiful if she has a tiny waist
A woman is beautiful if she is or looks like she is in her twenties
A woman is beautiful if she has sex appeal
A woman is beautiful if she is tall
A woman is beautiful if she has straight easily manageable hair
A woman is beautiful if she has a "nice" butt
A woman is beautiful if she has a man
A woman is beautiful if she has light skin
A woman is beautiful if she has a clear complexion
A woman is ugly if she is none of the above The Origin of the Beauty Myth The media is the most prominate and influential cause of the beauty myth. There are two types of women portrayed in the media: The Sex Symbol and The Homemaker.

The Average American girl will watch 5,000 hours of TV and 80,000 commercials before she is 5 years old.

The media shows unrealistic images of women's beauty and body shapes, which many women think they can achieve, if they just try hard enough.

75% of women's magazine covers include atleast one message about how a woman can change her appearance.

Many of the images and messages about appearance are strategically positioned near messages about men and relationships.

women are portrayed this way in order for companies to sell their products (sex sells), because women who are insecure about their bodies are more likely to purchase beauty products, clothing, and diet aids.

In ads a woman's body is used as a sex obect to be associated with a product trying to be sold OR they are seen as a stay at home mother/ wife cleaning and cooking at home to sell things like cleaning products.
The media is a socializing agent, which means it helps to shape people's perceptions of themselves and the world around them. Effects of the Beauty Myth 3 minutes spent looking at fashion magazines left 70% of women feeling depressed, guilty, or ashamed.

42% of 1st and 3rd graders think they should be thinner.

Increasingly younger girls feel the need to be sexually active.

The mortality rate of eating disorders is 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all causes of death amoung females ages 15-24 in the general population.

80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.

a 2005 global study showed that only 2% of women view themselves as beautiful.

It is becoming more common for 6-8 year old's to become diagnosed with anorexia. Beauty is: a characteristic of a person, animal, place, object, or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, meaning, or satisfaction. The Average American Woman...

is about 5'4''
wieghs around 140lbs
wears sizes around 8-14
Has pores
ages naturally
has wrinkles
has hair on her body (not just her head)
doesn't have photoshop LIES!!!!! **WOMEN VARY BY Fahmida Azim TRANSLATION: Beauty is PERCIEVED, therefore it is in the eye of the beholder. VENUS DI MILO - Goddess of Beauty NOTE: the Goddess of beauty IS NOT a size 2 and has average size breasts. Marge Piercy (1957 - still living)

She is a Jewish-American poet, novelist, and social activist. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and was published in 1968. She is most well known for her feminist works. Meaning of Poem:

The poet is saying that the perception of beauty changes throughout the times. The deep red lipstick, pencil skirts, and the overly sprayed hair of the 50s turned into the light lipstick, mini skirt, and straight hair later on. Fashion is a fad. Just as the fashion of the 18th century was a fad, with their corsets, huge white wigs, and overly poofed up skirts. Fashion always changes and the perception of beauty changes along with it. Piercy goes on to ask why humans can't love like dogs, who don't need painful fashion trends to like each other. She ends the poem wondering when women will stop torturing themselves for the sake of being "beautiful". Only 2-3% of anorexic girls get treatment 86% of women with anorexia developed it before the age of 20
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