Media Influences Females To Change Their Appearance

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Media Influences Females To Change Their Appearance

  1. 1. Media Influences on Physical Appearance Sociology: Mr. Miers
  2. 2. Did you ever think what posses you to dye your hair, go tanning, go to the gym?
  3. 3. Media Here’s Why?
  4. 4. Look closely at Reality TV Shows <ul><li>Bachelor </li></ul><ul><li>American Idol </li></ul><ul><li>America’s Next Top Model </li></ul><ul><li>Deal or No Deal </li></ul>… these are just a few
  5. 5. Women much more than men have learned from adds, movies, and TV shows that, they must constantly put themselves under surveillance.
  6. 6. Many women that are dissatisfied with their appearance result to bad habits such as eating disorders and cosmetic surgeries to help them gain the perfect image. <ul><li>Lindsay Lohan </li></ul><ul><li>Nicole Richie </li></ul><ul><li>Mary-Kate Olsen </li></ul><ul><li>Paris Hilton </li></ul><ul><li>Pamela Anderson </li></ul><ul><li>Ashley Simpson </li></ul>All struggled with eating disorders while Have undergone cosmetic surgery.
  7. 7. How this effects the public? <ul><li>“ According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), over 6,000 teenagers nationwide have undergone cosmetic surgery” </li></ul>“ Nose reshaping is the most common surgery among teenager girls but breast reduction and enhancement does not fall far behind.”
  8. 8. . <ul><li>The media portrays the perfect body image as tall, skinny, big breast with flat stomach. Much like the popular doll Barbie. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>~ Young girls believe that women are supposed to look like Barbie. What people don’t know is that someone like Barbie would completely be disproportionate. </li></ul>But here is what’s wrong with Barbie.. ~Her breasts alone would force her to be hunched over.
  10. 10. “ Happy To Be Me Doll”
  11. 11. Today, dieting is only a little part of gaining the perfect image. (AKA Barbie) <ul><li>Working out is not uncommon in today’s society and has become part of almost everyone’s daily routine. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The results of our survey informed us that 65% of teenagers go to the gym on an average basis and 35% don’t.
  13. 13. Did you know ? <ul><li>Approximately seven million girls and women struggle with eating disorders. </li></ul><ul><li>Many picture we see in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie are airbrushed. “Unattainable Beauty” </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1950’s, Marilyn Monroe was considered the epitome of beauty and yet she was a size 16.- The perfect woman’s figure in the 50’s was a guitar shape, now it’s a hour glass </li></ul>
  14. 14. Continued … <ul><li>In 1975, top models and beauty queens weighed only 8% less than average woman while today’s beauty queens and models weigh at least 23% less than the average woman. </li></ul><ul><li>Our standard normal body size has become so thin, that average weight people are being considered abnormal. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Once again Continued … <ul><li>The height and weight charts that we are familiar with has recently adopted a new lower cutoff point for “overweight”. The result would be that at least 55% of Americans are now over weight. </li></ul>
  16. 16. It’s not over till the fat Lady sings.. <ul><li>It is no doubt that TV, movies, and magazines play an important role in shaping the way women and men view their bodies. People are always going to be concerned with whether they are too tall, too fat, too short, or too... If the media continues this way, there will be an on going battle with ourselves and an even greater increase in the drastic measures people will take to try and make themselves physically attractive </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>After presenting my Size It Up program for a couple years and highlighting how we are bombarded with unrealistic and perfected images of the female body, I was challenged to present a more &quot;gender balanced&quot; message. I sent my colleague’s mother on a mission to purchase a older model GI Joe TM that I could then compare to a modern version of the action figure toy. I would like to thank Mary Kushel of Cheyenne for her diligence in finding a 1960's GI Joe (photo attached). Although the body measurement comparisons of GI Joe TM from the 1960's to the year 2001 are shocking enough, the pictures are what really bring attention to the idea that narrowly defined and unrealistic body &quot;ideal&quot; standards are now promoted for both females and males. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer scanning equipment allows computer technicians to scan images like a Barbie TM doll into a computer program and estimate body measurements. Body measurement estimates for Barbie TM include a height of 6'9&quot; with a 20 inch waist and a 41 inch bust. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using computer scanning equipment, body measurement estimates for GI Joe TM include a height of 5'10&quot; tall. Height measurements for GI Joe TM have remained relatively unchanged for the last 40 years. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biceps measurements for GI Joe TM have changed dramatically in the last 40 years. The biceps measurement from the 1960's is estimated at 12 inches. The biceps measurement increased over 100% in 40 years to a measurement of about 27&quot; in the year 2001. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The chest measurement of GI Joe TM increased from about 44 inches in the 1960's to 55 inches 40 years later. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The increase in muscularity of the GI Joe TM action figure over the last 40 years is more dramatic than measurements alone can indicate (see attached photos). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  18. 18. 2001                                              1960s                          ⇘                                                            ⇙                    
  19. 19. More Drastic Measures <ul><li>Botox Parties </li></ul>
  20. 20. Plastic Surgery
  21. 21. Steroid Use

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