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Body-Image Pressure Increasingly Affects Boys

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Sarah Beth Cape

on 12 February 2015

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Transcript of Body-Image Pressure Increasingly Affects Boys

Body-Image Pressure Increasingly Affects Boys
"Cultural ideals are becoming an equal opportunity anxiety-inducer, and eating disorders are increasingly common in men. But the symptoms in men and women don't look the same."
Body Image Issues
Increasingly Affecting Boys?!
Comparing Tones

One Opinion

Influences on the Male Physique

What are the sources of influence on the male physique? Are any unique to males only?
Do you think that men or women are more affected by idealized portrayal?
Can you think about specific exaggerated portrayals of men in media?
The Media's Authority: Evolution of the Male Body Image from 1970 to 2013

How does Jamie Santa Cruz persuade
readers to agree with her argument?
Using the same facts and statistics, the argument made by Santa Cruz was rebutted.
Which argument was stronger?
Who was the intended audience for each?
Consider the Author/Presenters
What is this video trying to achieve, and how do the producers accomplish this?
Are there any strategies or key points used in this video that you believe could have strengthened Santa Cruz's article?

"Guys are displayed (by society) as hollow bodies that are just like machines-- focused on one goal with no emotions. We're told to be big and tough and have no feelings... so I gain muscle because I like to be indifferent and original and because of the 'big and tough' idea."
"All of my friends are dieting and exercising daily....that's generally what women do and it doesn't sound very big and tough so no one really talks about the dieting part"
"I don't believe guys have eating disorders because you can't get big if you starve yourself."

"But while the media pressure on women hasn't abated, the playing field has nevertheless leveled in the last 15 years as movies and magazines increasingly display bare-chested men with impossibly chiseled physiques and six-pack abs. 'The media has become more of an equal opportunity discriminator...Men's bodies are not good enough anymore either.'"
"More than four in five men (80.7%) talk in ways that promote anxiety about their body image by referring to percieved flaws and imperfections, compared with 75% of women"
"Hate sells. It's the marketing strategy of 'You are broken, but I can fix you. Buy my product.' In order to get you to fork over mega bucks for some miracle weight loss aid, wrinkle remover, muscle maximizer, or genitalia grower, marketers must first make you feel bad enough about yourself that you'll reach for that credit card to solve a problem you didn't know you had."
How Men React
Men with body image issues are more likely to use drugs and alcohol to excess
also more likely to use steroids or other supplements
Steroids cause many health problems
depression, rage attacks ("roid rage"), suicidal tendencies, and heart problems
Men: want to gain weight
Women: want to lose weight
Ways to achieve this:
Men: crash diets, supplements, steriods, excessive exercise
Women: starvation, eating disorders, laxatives
Men: use unhealthy means to get larger
Women: use unhealthy means to get smaller
Why do boys turn to drugs and other substances instead of talking about the issue?
How does Jamie Santa Cruz use the comparison between different genders to strengthen her argument that body image issues in men are growing?
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