The Ideal American Woman. Hopechapel.org, Screenshot By: Abigail Marsh Alloy Media, Daily Mail, Gossip Girl.
Who was she back then? Statistics:• Women many years ago were applauded for a curvy, voluptuous, “hour- glass figure”.• Her dress size ranged strictly from an 8-12, waist anywhere from a 24-25”.• The average weight was somewhere around 120 pounds for a 5’2, 5’3 tall woman. SAM SHAW/ Rex Features
Who is she now? Statistics:• Today’s desired woman seems impossible, carrying a boyish figure with the slightest hips. Perky breasts, buttock, and no fat visible.• Her dress size really doesn’t range—it stands at about a 2-4.• The average weight today for a 5’2 woman stands around 108 pounds. FitnessGasm, Screenshot
How has influence from the ever America’s media pressured this drastic transformation?
Appearance SKIN:Our skin has changed drastically over the years; most obvious being the color. In formeryears, the skin was powdered as white as a ghost to show status, importance, etc. Today, weendanger ourselves with tanning booths to give our skin that bronzed glow, or perhaps spendexcess amounts of money to have a tan ‘painted’, or sprayed on ourselves….for what? To feelbetter? To feel more ‘ideal’? Another issue women today face is plastic surgery, botox, face lifts, whichever you wouldprefer to call it…….plastic surgery. It is defeating the purpose of being an individual. It differsfrom makeup; instead of painting on the face; you arepoking, cutting, bruising, infecting, damaging, and forever erasing the person you were born tobe. Women today are striving to be Barbie-doll like; both in their ‘beauty’ as well as theirfitness. As famous as it is, going under the knife was still around in the past life ofAmericans, although monitored much stricter; only being used for extreme cases to enhancethe well-being of a patient, or perhaps the reconstruction of War veterans.
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WEIGHT Women today like women many years ago stillstruggle with the intense pressure to be thin—to bedesirable. Yet, the definition of desirable has had a fewnips and tucks along the way. Many years ago womenwere pressured to be plump enough, yet thin enoughto bear their husbands child, and fulfill his idealfantasies. Today, women might as well focus on howpolished their bones instead. Our portrayal of the idealweight for the ideal woman has taken on quite a bit ofbaggage… (or lack there of).
Media’s placement of value• Women in America today are controlled, in my opinion, as well as many others quite a bit by the media, and the social networks we are exposed to today.• Yes, we have gained a lot of power in this world, establishing a right to do as we please; yet the media tends to hang on to the sexual physicality we carry; portraying it as our most valuable feature.
Occupation PAST vs. PRESENTWomen in America, perhaps fifty plus years ago had a different type of occupation in the societies, andnation we grew to love so much. The perfect woman consisted of enjoying life’s simplicities, such ascleaning the home, and cooking delicious, immaculate meals for her children and husband to enjoy. Herlife revolved around making her husband happy, and keeping her children smiling. And just as the mediaportrayed; she was to still maintain a highly ‘fit’ physique, one again to keep her husband happy. This type of ‘job’ in my opinion is quite limiting. Although her existence is acknowledged, she ismerely a figure to do daily duties, not to ever achieve something for herself, or to gain higher status, or toestablish a name for herself. The extreme opposite examples of this type of living is what we see quite a bittoday. Although not true for the entire nation of women, our world has hyper sexualized women and theirbodies to the ultimate extreme that it has become an outlet of occupation for too many women inAmerica. Women are now at young ages involving themselves in high risk situations to obtain equalpay, daily necessities, and perhaps just plain confidence due to the outrageous portrayal of what the idealwoman living in America has, feels, and needs. On the positive side, women today have gained a lot of power in America when it comes to working.They are now not confined to the concrete walls of their cookie-cutter houses. Women have achievedstatus, as well as educational equality; thus allowing for them to lead their own way into the world ofbusiness, and jobs.
PAST: PRESENT:Women were shunned Women are encouraged to Educationfrom public and private attend schooling—as well PAST vs. PRESENTschools. as higher education such as college, etc.Men were the only gender We now see gender rolesallowed to educate swapped—opening thethemselves, confining eyes of many quite widely.women to the household. Women today hold a lotThis sort of subordination more of a stance within thealtered the lives of workplace than they didAmerican women— years ago—a substantialultimately enhancing their amount of credit can befight for equal education. due to educational systems accepting the American woman.
TEARS OF A WOMAN Author : Unknown "Mom, why are you crying?" he asked his mom. "Because Im a
Finally he put in a call to GOD. When GOD got on the phone the mansaid, "GOD, why do women cry so easily?" GODsaid: "When I made women shehad to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of theworld; yet, gentle enough to give comfort. I gave her an inner strength to endurechildbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children. I gave her ahardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up and take careof her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining. I gave her thesensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when herchild has hurt her very badly. This same sensitivity helps her to make a childs boo-boo feel better and shares in her teenagers anxieties and fears. I gave her strengthto carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect hisheart. I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, butsometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly. Igave her a tear to shed, its hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed. Its heronly weakness; its a tear for mankind."
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