Objectification And Sexualization Of Women In The Media

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Society accepts a very sexualized version of the female self and objectifies women due to the proliferation and abundance of sexualized images of women on technology and social media. A well known adage is "sex sells"; sex appeal is used in advertisements to draw consumers, particularly men, towards the products (Diedrichs et al. 448). It is shocking that the "proliferation of sexual material is no longer confined to the adult sphere, but now has a presence in the everyday experience of the child" (Kehily 256). In fact, sexuality is imposed on girls through the media in an inappropriate fashion that expects them to behave and look like women. Specifically, in social media, movies, music videos, commercials, and television, women are focused …show more content…
Since a young age, girls have been conditioned to accept the objectification of women in media. The strong focus on women as sexual objects is detrimental to society as a whole as well because the media inflicts social stereotypes for women that can influence attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of both genders (Young, 317). Media chooses to continue presenting unrealistic and distorted views of sexuality as entertainment for society and these messages persuade society that the objectified and sexualized treatment of women is acceptable. The objectification and sexualization of women is detrimental to women and society because it reduces the value of women and their identity in society to their bodies. In conclusion, the ideal sexualized female representation in media has consequences on the female identity as the comparisons leads to unhappiness of many …show more content…
The problem with these unrealistic depictions in media is that people, especially women are being treated as objects and products rather than people. Media seems to forget that women are human beings that deserve a respectful ideal image of the self. The results of this kind of portrayal shapes social norms, behaviors and attitudes that are detrimental to society. Additionally, many women struggle with low self esteem amongst other psychological problems and seek cosmetic surgery and perform other risky behaviors in order to conform to media and societal standards. In order to combat this discrimination, dehumanization and objectification of females in society, society must establish egalitarian standards. However, with the constant influx of images and information regarding ideals from the media, this establishment seems to be impossible. Therefore, the quest to look in the mirror and accept who one see 's without negative ramifications starts from within. The focus of people should divert to accept and celebrate that each and every human is beautiful and unique in their own way despite what the external environment has to say. Similar

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