The Influence Of Mass Media On Women

Throughout the 21st century, women have gained more freedom than any other century. Women around the world are becoming more capable in all way and more powerful with leading opportunities that were only limited to men. Women have been inferior for so long to men, but we continue to strive for the same equal rights and standards that men succeed to have. However, the way mass media portrays women prevent the female community to strive to our full potential. Mass media like magazines, television, films and commercials etc. continues to stereotype women as naturally weaker than men, oversexualized women, endangers women, and influences young girls to be and think less of what they are capable of.
Mass media often portrays women as weaker than
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Overall, will lead to men to only see women as objects and condition women to believe this “body image” is only acceptable in society. For this reason, this endanger the women community accessible to sexual violence and provokes low-esteem. According to HealthyPlace, “advertisements emphasize thinness as a standard for female beauty, and the bodies idealized in the media are frequently atypical of normal, healthy women.” (Writer) Because society sets a ideal body image more woman found themselves dieting, the younger girls specifically suffer as they continue to grow up. The NEDA reported that “ ..By age 6, girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat.”(Get facts on eating disorder) This statistic shows the type of message the media sends to the younger girls influencing them, young girls are already deciding that their body type isn’t gonna live up to society’s ideal body type of a woman. As stated in a dosomething organization article, “ Body image is closely linked to self-esteem. Low self-esteem...lead to eating disorders, early sexual activity, substance use and suicidal thoughts.” Because of the set body image for women promotes thin waist with the perfect breast size, thigh gap. Its extremely discouraging for women to see …show more content…
The American Physiological Association stated “..after men are exposed to sexualized content, their behavior toward women is more sexualized, and they treat women like sexual objects.”( Report of APA, pg 30-31) This quote supports the idea that men being exposed to women oversexualized in media, conidtions men to think and treat women as objects.RAINN organization reported that 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime” This static is evidence that women are the most victimized for rape and assault. Mass media overseuxalizing women put them at risk for rape and sexual harassment. Additionally, media plasters “this unrealistic body type.. that creates an impractical standard for the majority of women.” America’s Health Mental Channel reported that “69% of girls in one study said that magazine models influence their idea of the perfect body shape.”( Writer) This static shows that perceived body image in media is linked to how women look at their body image. Women that become dissatisfied with their bodies are more likely to turn to extreme dieting, substance abuse, and develop an eating disorder such as bulimia or

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