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Body image

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The effects of media on body image of students at Rutgers University- New Brunswick.

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  1. 1. The media’s effect on… Body Image Arianna, Kristen, Andrea
  2. 2. What is body image? • The mental representation we create of what we think we look like. • Body dissatisfaction and eating disorders are found to be common in college females and adolescents. – The avg. person receive at least 14 messages a day related to attractiveness from the media.
  3. 3. Case Study Surveyed 100 students at Rutgers to see how they felt about their bodies
  4. 4. 66 female 34 male Question 1: Are you happy with the way you look? 46% of students said no! 69% of these students were female
  5. 5. Question 2: If you could, would you change your appearance? Even though 60% answered that they were content with their appearance… 94% of students wanted to change something about their face and/or body
  6. 6. Question 3: What would students change? WE WANT TO CHANGE…. “teeth” “stomach” “breasts” “thinner” “legs” “arms” “taller” “abs” ”under-eyes” “shorter” “eye lashes” “waist” “thighs” “neck” “nose” “butt” “less acne” “hair not so wavy” “lose a little weight” “height” “ears” “feet size”
  7. 7. Question 4: Who taught you what the “perfect body” looks like? 72% said they were taught by the media 91% said NO, media’s representations of males/females are NOT a healthy image to follow
  8. 8. IT NEEDS TO STOP.
  9. 9. Question 5: What is beauty? “Beauty is where your looks don’t make you stand out in a bad way” “Self confidence” “Natural” “Anything” “Amazing” “Deceiving” “Personality” “Selflessness” “Compassion” “Confidence” “Healthy” “Nice” “Content” “Honest” “Happiness” “Inside” “Uniqueness” “in the heart” “different for everyone” “me” “you”
  10. 10. “The Social Construction of a Women’s Body” What is Internalization? • Women have internalized the “patriarchal” view of what body image is accepted into society • Women work towards restructuring their bodies to the “current body of fashion that is taut, small breasted, narrow-hipped, slim… almost like a young teen in a pubescent stage” rather than a grown women. • Magazines run articles such as “Fat Burning Exercise Guide”, “Six Sleek- Down Strategies”, “Help Stamp out Cellulite”, and “How to Shed Ugly Winter Fat..”- these promote the body becoming an “enemy” to a women. • “Tyranny of Slenderness”  Women must be seen as slim, and are forbidden to look muscular or massive. Must take up as little space as possible.
  11. 11. So What?  A Media Example • Conclusion: The more influence the media has to stop this, the less women will feel negatively about their bodies
  12. 12. Celebrities Speak OutCcCC • Emma Stone spoke out against body-shaming in an interview with seventeen magazine and Stone was not alone. • Singer Lorde criticized excessive use of airbrushing in the media by posting two photos of herself, one retouched to perfection, the other revealing her real skin, blemishes and all. The singer tweeted, “Remember flaws are OK.” • Actress Shailene Woodley refused to wear makeup to several Hollywood events. She also opted to go barefaced for the majority of her role in last summer’s teen flick The Spectacular Now. • Actress Jennifer Lawrence criticized fat talk in an interview last December. She argued, “I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating thing like calling people fat?” • Actress Jennifer Lawrence slammed fat talk in an
  13. 13. SSO WHAT NOW? Solutions & Suggestions • Get More celebrities, like Sophia Bush, to encourage change. • What Do you Think we can do to Promote Change? • Stop the Influence of Media .. HOW?
  14. 14. RReducing Media’s Negative Impact • The Body Project/ Reflections- A scientifically supported group intervention focuses on cognitive dissonance to promote a health body image and decrease the risk for disordered eating. Through different activities group leaders will encourage young women to think, speak, write, and act in ways that critique the thin ideal and challenge their previously conditioned thoughts of beauty. • Media Literacy- Teaching people, especially young people, to think critically about the images they see in the media help to reduce body dissatisfaction. • Disclaimers and Warnings- Warning consumers that photos are retouched and trying to look as thin as these models could be harmful to one’s health.
  15. 15. WE BEAUTIFUL

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