Essay on Media Culture Influences Their Body Image

1712 Words Nov 30th, 2014 null Page
Adele Laurin Blue Adkins once said, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that”. In her quote, she explained that most young girls and women are dissatisfied with their own body image since they do not resemble celebrities and models. In a study, Groesz, Levine, and Murmen (2002) found that media culture influences their body image (Green & Pritchard 2003: 216). In western society, media culture or popular culture, under the influence of mass media, is constantly bombarding women with advertisements and messages of “ body perfect ”. According to Dittmar (2009), ““ body perfect” refers to the ideal of ultra thin, and whose media models are typically underweight” (p.1). Mass media are a powerful medium used by the ruling class to manipulate individuals and groups in society. Without a doubt, media are an unavoidable presence in our everyday life, and it seems that people can’t have control over it. Unfortunately, mass media inaccurately portray women’s body image and their perception of the ideal beauty. In other words, mass media representation of a women’s perfect body is reflected by thinness, and thin celebrities and models in advertisements, and “ there is a evidence that mass media influence beliefs about the appropriate role of women, standards of attractiveness, lower self-esteem, and encourage eating disorders” (Barriga & Shapiro 2009: 129) such as anorexia and bulimia…

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