The Role Of Media On Female Perceptions Of Body Image Essay

1620 Words May 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
Media plays a significant role in gender roles and expectations in Western culture. Since the emergence of televisions in the middle class home in the early twentieth century, images of the ideal woman have driven social and economic development. As technology became more accessible, advertisers projected unrealistic and essentially unattainable standards of beauty that target female insecurities and encourage them to find solace in their products. Movies, television shows, magazines, and other forms of entertainment idolize individuals based off physical characteristics, creating role models that are praised throughout the world. The capitalization gained by corporations based off this insecurity prove to be destructive in female perceptions of body image. With the exponential growth in the use of social media, exposure to celebrities and peers with wealthy lifestyles furthermore promote a correlation between attractiveness and success. Therefore, through critical analysis and rethinking of appropriate female images in advertising, entertainment, and social media, females may develop a greater sense of body satisfaction and gain confidence to participate in greater, more substantial roles in society. In the 2011 film, Miss Representation, written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, there is a critical analysis of inaccurate depictions of girls and women and its effect in female consumerism, body concept, and participation in male dominated professions. The documentary…

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