Essay on How Media Affects Women 's Self Perception

1393 Words May 13th, 2016 null Page
“Inside the majority of the West’s controlled, attractive, successful working women, there is a secret ‘underlife’ poisoning our freedom; infused with notions of beauty, is a dark vein of self-hatred, physical obsessions, terror of aging, and dread of lost control” (Wolf 10). In today’s media, women are consistently sexualized and degraded through advertisements, music videos, movies, etc. and utilized to sell products and catch attention in the media. Black women, specifically, are sexualized and degraded in different ways and more often than white women. The media highlights women’s sexuality over the other important aspects and presents their bodies as objects to be consumed. Naomi Wolf in The Beauty Myth opens up this topic of how media affects women’s self-perception, Jane Caputi analyzes the use of women in advertisement in The Pornography of Everyday Life, and the Combahee River Collective in A Black Feminist Statement discusses the concept of intersectionality of both race and gender and how black women struggle differently with the issue of sexualization and representation. In The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf talks about a “counterforce” working against all of the progress made by the women’s rights movement and first and second wave feminism called “the beauty myth” by which women are socially controlled to obsess over their physical appearance more than any other aspect of our lives (Wolf, 1991:11). Wolf claims that once women gained our legal and reproductive…

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