Essay about Stereotypical Beauty

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Stereotypical Beauty
Do stereotypes of body images exist? “A "stereotype" is a generalization about a person or group of persons. Our society often innocently creates and perpetuates stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is unfavorable” (Grobman). It is hard to understand how much the media affects us unless one stands back and evaluates things such as commercials, magazines, and television shows. Women today follow the stereotypical images of beauty that the media portrays. These images of beauty deal with women’s physical appearance on the outside. The unbearable pressure from the media causes women to look a certain way so they are accepted into society. Over the
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“Extra weight on women was a sign of being rich and healthy” (Kendall). Women appreciate their full figure and accentuated their curves with their dresses. Women also wore corsets to emphasize their hips, which made them fuller and plump. Through paintings and pictures the media illustrated, larger women as beautiful and having the ideal body image. Many women of this time were eating healthier and giving their bodies the nutrients they needed. During this time, the media promoted larger women and thus, they were accepted. Unfortunately, the women who were small were not accepted in society and were considered poor. Stereotypes are always changing with the media and in the middle 1800’s the stereotypes were the opposite of what they are now.
Today, the media creates images of females that are unhealthy and impossible to reach. The media forces women to believe that tall and thin women will be accepted in society. One can flip through a magazine or turn on their favorite television show and they are constantly seeing this ideal image of beauty today. The pressure to be thin influences young girls, which causes them to strive to be like these perfect women. Some women starve themselves, binge and purge, take diet pills, or go on diets. Today cosmetic surgery has become popular because it allows women to

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