Body Image in the Media
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We don’t need Afghan-style burquas to disappear as women. We disappear in reverse—by revamping and revealing our bodies to meet externally imposed visions of female beauty." Source: Robin Gerber, author and motivational speaker
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My stand on Body Image in the Media

Many people have become displeased over the years with the way the media portrays body image. Photoshop and other digital retouching programs have felt the backlash of this ongoing debate. I believe photo editors have indeed gone too far, in a world where we are so susceptible to what we see and hear. Especially, the young females try to compare and live up to standards that can be impossible. Therefore, the supporters of these retouched images are risking the health of our generation and the younger generations to come. A lot of us may know that we can’t believe everything we see in the media but why enable these unnecessary changes in which photos are edited and published. Everyone should instead inspire to be healthy and happy. As quoted from Kate Angell, “Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” There's no such thing as perfect and when people try to obtain a perfect body image they can lose control and become carried away. Eating disorders are serious. "The annual death rate associated with anorexia is more than 12 times higher than the annual death rate due to all other causes combined for females between 15 and 24 years old"(Cavanaugh, 1999). Most importantly we should take care of our bodies and learn to love them, beautiful is being confident in who you are.

 

Celebrate Love Your Body Day on October 19th. A campaign by the National Organization for Women. To learn more go to: http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/

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References

Angell, K. (n.d.). Kate angell quotes. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/162023.Kate_Angell

 

Beauty and body image in the media. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/issues/stereotyping/women_and_girls/women_beauty.cfm

 

Cavanaugh, C. (1999). Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.edacwr.com/index.php?page=statistics

 

Diethealth. (Producer) (2008). The photoshop effect [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP31r70_QNM

 

National Organization for Women. (n.d). Love your body day. Retrieved from http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/

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The Photoshop Effect

The Photoshop Effect Video shows Sarah from diet.com investigating how celebrity Photoshop makeovers are done.

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cgibbons's curator insight, December 23, 2012 2:59 AM

A five minute video on how photo shop has revolutionized photography and how it can portray body image.

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Beauty and Body Image in the Media

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"...research indicates that exposure to images of thin, young, air-brushed female bodies is linked to depression, loss of self-esteem and the development of unhealthy eating habits in women and girls." 

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Dan Roberts's curator insight, April 29, 2013 6:13 AM

This isn't new- but magazines are still not being ethical when it comes to this. 

Gabriela Rodriguez's curator insight, November 7, 2014 10:27 AM

In this article I agree with everything it has to say because there are many women and young girls that look at magazines because they can see what the trend is the type of flashing thats new, they can look for gossip about celebrities. In most almost all the magazines I've seen the front cover is a skinny women. And throughout the whole magazine there are all skinny women . society is trying to say that if your not skinny your not beautiful your not perfect, but no one is perfect because  the women in the magazines are photoshopped, but for soviety to show skinny women every girl thinks their suppose to be like them, and most of them that are not skinny and are insecure it leads them to depression, loss of self esteem and since they want to be skinny they would do anything to try and lose weight that this could lead to unhealthy eating habits