Katy Perry's Negative Impact On Young Women

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When we think of major music events that are viewed by many young adults, the MTV Video Music Awards comes to mind. But who could have imagined that in 2013 roughly 10.1 million people would tune in the watch the “public sexual blossoming of Miley Cyrus”. (Deadline, 2013) “About five million of these viewer ages ranged from 12 to 34” which is a time when many people are still forming their identity. (Deadline, 2013) This was not the only shocking display from a female artist. Singers Lady Gaga and Katy Perry also performed in very revealing outfits, but when it came to the male performers they were wearing plenty of clothes. Female musician are unbelievably sexualized which impacts the way adolescent girls think and act. This display from women …show more content…
Even though you can get information from different outlets, magazine are still a useful form of news that consumer use to stay up to date on their favorite artist. As shown in figure 1 we see Katy Perry dressed in very little clothes with can have a negative affect on a young girls idea of what her body should look like. Rolling Stone is a magazine that comes to mind when you think about getting news on your favorite artist. This magazine covers many different topics including music, television, culture, and politics, but the thing that keeps the viewers coming back is always the cover. Research done by Erin Hatton and Mary Trautner have analyzed every rolling stone cover since its beginning in 1967, and graded the covers if they contained any sexual objectification. The findings show that sexualization has definitely increased and the main rise is in female on the cover. “During the 1960s and 1970s, almost 60% of magazine covers did not sexualize women at all. By the year 2000, 22% of covers featuring women were categorized as sexualized, and 61% of the images were considered to be hyper-sexualized.” (Hatton & Trautner Pg. 271) With these numbers for females on the cover we now need to know if men are in the same boat as women. In the same research done on females on the cover they then looked for men and shockingly “nearly 83% of men were not sexualized at all.” (Hatton & Trautner Pg. 267) Now that we have the data on the covers its time to look at what affect these images have on young

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