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does the media influence our perception on beauty?

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Carolina Rodrigo

on 4 June 2014

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Social comparison:
To compare ourselves to others to validate our opinions = causes negative behavior

shame if we don't look flawless

media influences us to be part of a group - beauty

Real life Situation #3
Is trying to influence individuals with a more positive point of view of beauty
campaigns to help people realize that the true meaning of beauty relies in oneself
to break the idea of what a perfect woman/man looks like that media wished to portray
To what extent does the media influence our perception of beauty?
the amount of likes

the desire to be 'a Tumblr girl/boy'
perfect beauty
"standardized" poses which represent beauty
Real life situation
negative body image change & overrated weight anxiety:
eating disorders: anorexia & bulimia (male & female)
Ana Carolina Reston (2006) - 88 lb - anorexia
vigorexia - too fit (male)
drug abuse & steroids
low self-esteem and poor body image = more easily manipulated by media
if we know that such an extreme can cause death and that the images are photoshopped, why do we do it?
Real life situation #2 - Social Media

Killing Us Soflty - Jean Kilbourne
Advertising's Image of Women
"failure is inevitable" - no such thing as perfection

how does it affect us?

1) A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.

2) A beautiful or pleasing thing or person, in particular.

(oxford dictionary)
we reflect what we see on our body
we are not perfect
media shapes/changes our opinions based on advertisements and media
women - weight and appearance
men - masculinity and muscularity
media has great impact on our perception of beauty - we follow social conventions
low self esteem = conformity = influence of media
--> how is our perception influenced?
"The awareness of things through our five senses - smell, touch, taste, sound and SIGHT"
our concept of beauty:
what is it that is beautiful?
History - Evolution of Perception of Beauty
Francisco de Goya - Las Majas (Vestida/ Desnuda)

Image of women - sensual = at that time it was obscene
women cannot be naked!
Kilbroune, J. (2006, October 4) Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women.

Real life Situation #1
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