The Media, Woman (and Men) And Their Bodies aka The Media said I should look like Her/ him, but I don’t.
All week I have been looking for another topic for Kennie’s Mind, but there was nothing that really stuck out to me.
That is until I saw this: ‘A recent study showed that 9 out of 10 women would like to change something about their physical appearance? And only 2% of women think they are beautiful? What is going on?’ –Tonya L
This is the facebook status of an old elementary/middle school class mate; this status struck a chord with me and I just had to write about it. First I will answer her question; the media is what is going on, as well as men, but before all the men out there start shouting, let me explain. In our daily lives we are bombarded with different images of what women should look like. Sorry, not only women but what men should look like as well. Magazines, Movies, and TV programmes all feature women with the “perfect body” (Sorry and men as well). This has had a huge affect on women (and men) in modern society. Every woman would love to have the Size 0 shape like Posh Beckham, and Paris Hilton. All men would love the slender 6 pack, like Taylor Lautner and Dwayne Johnson. Many people do go the extreme to achieve these body types.
One of the main problems that many people come cross while trying to reach that impossible size zero is an eating disorder, two of the well known eating disorders are Anorexia and Bulimia, which affects mostly women but can affect men as well. The USA’s National Eating Disorders Association, claim that up to 10 Million females as well as 1 million males will struggle with eating disorders. The Alliance of Eating Disorders Awareness states that, at least 50,000 individuals will die as a direct result of an eating disorder.
A simple price to pay for size zero isn’t it and that was the USA.
For the UK it seems that eating disorders only affect women and girls, The Royal College of Psychiatrists state Girls and woman are 10 times more likely than boys and men to suffer from Anorexia or Bulimia. What I find completely irritating is the fact that the people that we are trying to look like are putting themselves through this as well, and by doing this is saying that it is the right thing to do. People like Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton amongst other celebrities are putting themselves through the eating disorders, and coming out look like skeletons because they think that what beauty looks like.
Another topic I would like to touch on is the fact that now appearance means everything, and if you say that appearance means nothing you are bullshitting yourself. Men would rather pick a supermodel than a fat
chick, and women would rather have a hunky man with a six pack than one with a keg (big beer belly). The Media makes us think that, THAT is what our partners should look like and we are killing ourselves to look like that because we are worried that we won’t get a job or a man (or woman) if we were a few pounds overweight, if we have small breasts, few wrinkles or a big tummy.
Now onto the subject of plastic surgery, I’m so sick and tired of hearing the over used excuse of “I’m just doing it to feel good about myself.” You don’t need plastic surgery to feel good about yourself. You are making what other people think about you cloud your judgement. If you get plastic surgery and it completely fails or something goes wrong, you are the one who will be living with the results of that, not anyone else.
Arden Smith, a rather annoying but sensible person, commented on the facebook status saying that, “It is the way we programmed by the media, we are told that being big and out of the ordinary is bad. It is the same way us (men) have been programmed to think.”
To which I replied, “And it is the willingness of men (and women) to not fight the media and what it is doing to us which will be our demise.”