The Perfect Woman In Shape Flawless Skin Tall Ageless/Young looking Perfect Hair Perfect Smile Object of Desire
Why Men want the “Perfect Woman” Media is the biggest influence. Images of women being “perfect” are what men are used to seeing and sometimes only go by that, when looking for a woman. Also the way our nation is, we are so judgmental now, men judge women based on looks. If he doesn’t like what he sees then he will find another woman he likes beauty wise.
Effects of Beauty Ideals Eating disorders Depression Plastic surgery Increased spending to make appearance look better. Bad body image/Self-esteem
Eating Disorders Bulimia is an illness when someone binges on food and uses methods such as vomiting or laxatives to prevent weight gain. Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that makes people lose more weight than is consider healthy for their age or height. These eating disorders happen to women who feel they are not skinny or in shape. Which can effect them in severe ways.
Depression When seeing women in the media they are not the average woman in America. Women get depression because they feel they are not good enough and/or will never look like what the media is portraying them as. Depression often leads to eating disorders and in return can also cause body image issues, that no one else can see, but the woman themselves.
Plastic Surgery Extreme Makeover was a show about people chosen to actually get multiple cosmetic surgeries and not be able to look at themselves until they were done healing. The show wanted the audience to see that you can truly look like someone else with a bunch of plastic surgery. This show helped media show people mainly women that plastic surgery is normal and acceptable if you want to look better.
Plastic Surgery The number of cosmetic surgeries has risen over 50% since the since the start of the century. Plastic surgery is a lot of money and a huge industry, but women see it as a means to pay whatever, as long as it makes them look perfect. With advances in plastic surgery, some can help with weight loss such as gastric bypass.
More money, More problems Women can easily be persuaded to buy something if told that it will help their image in some way. Make-up, skin care products, diet supplements, work- out equipment, and many other things companies feel women will buy. Women do usually make less money then men, but have to buy all this stuff that men don’t have to, in order to maintain a “beautiful” image.
Body Image and Self-Esteem Women themselves view their body differently than everyone else. Some women feel they look/are fat, when in fact sometimes they aren’t. Women have bad self-esteem because beauty ideals are set and if they don’t meet them then they look down upon themselves. Women don’t feel beautiful anymore, unless someone tells them, and that someone is mainly men.
The Reality Women deal with a lot more things, mentally, emotionally, and physically compared to men. The media hires actresses and models to portray a “perfect woman” that is not realistic to everyday America. The reality is that over 63% of Americans are over weight or obese.
The Reality Women go through so many things on a daily basis. With the way our media is, having a beauty ideal puts more stress on a woman because she doesn’t feel good enough. Each woman is different and stereotypes in the media make certain women (depending on race and age) feel unwanted. These beauty ideals are making women sick.
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