What positive feedback do women ever get from the media? The media is forever giving out negative feedback, creating a version of the “perfect woman” that doesn't exist.
The media has invaded us tremendously with advertisements filled with overly thin women, girls, and adults who resort to dieting in order to make them look like the images they see on TV. The media portrays a stereotypical image of what women should look like through advertisement and entertainment.
The television is one of the greatest inventions to society. It advocates many different things. Society is easily influenced by the messages they are trying to sell to their viewers.
Television pushes insecurities and creates its own protocol on how women should portray themselves and appear. Commercials are the real attention grabbers of television, and people cease to realize how insulting and disgusting a lot of commercials are nowadays.
Many people just look at it as entertainment, but they often portray females as mere objects of desire. These types of advertisements celebrate passivity in females. As a result, women become very much dehumanized from these ads and commercials. The actors are so unrealistic, the messages aren’t positive at all and men take it as a joke.
People use dangerous obesity treatments to look like the ideal beauty standard. The media generalizes what it means to be healthy and what it means to be “fat”.
These messages communicate that life begins once you’re thin. As was said in a Diet industry article “FAT is unhealthy.” This quote is saying, overweight is unhealthy. But people fail to understand, you can be healthy or unhealthy with a high or low BMI.
You could be the skinniest person and still have a heart attack from being unhealthy, and you could be a little thick and be the healthiest person in the world. People must learn to love their bodies, and believe that they are beautiful no matter what size they are.
Advertisements influence women and girls to want to be thinner which affects their views of themselves. 95 percent of the world is unrepresented and the media portrays that there’s always something that could be or should be different.
Women have to see that the ideal body size and look is something you can’t get unless your computer generate yourself. In "Killing Me Softly" they change celebrities looks in a magazine by shrinking them down a couple sizes and most of the time they don’t find out until it’s on the shelves.
Those images aren’t real but when people see them, the first thing that comes to mind is “I wish I could look like that,” but the truth is the person on the cover doesn’t even look like that.
Images and ads now even show young overly-thin models making young children want to mirror those images as well.
Sex is treated in commercials and ads as a dirty joke and it is very disrespectful. It’s teaching passivity. Women become very much dehumanized from these ads and commercials.
It sells negative values instead of the product. It also shows femininity as weakness. That’s why many children go out with short skirts and with their navels showing, because from these ads, they think men like sexy women, merely objects to look at.
Because the media has invaded us tremendously with advertisements filled with overly thin women, young girls and women rely on diets in order to make themselves look like the images they see on TV and in magazines.
If I could change the ways of this society, I would not hesitate to change the way the media, magazines, and television portray females. If we all work together, I believe in my heart that we can make a difference.
To start, how about more realistic actors on television and in commercials, more positive things that will help this society grow, and less Photoshop and more natural beauty? We can make a difference if we work together because we deserve better.