The Negative Effect of Social Media and Advertising on the Female's Sense of Self-Worth
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About-Face means a reversal of direction, attitude, or point of view. We equip women & girls with tools to understand & resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem & body image.
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About-Face is an organization dedicated to helping young women and girls resists media messages that have the power to affect their self-esteem and body image. This organization is well aware of the harm likely to be caused by the media’s portrayal of what are necessary characteristics of a beautiful face and body. I have referred to their media coverage page for various information on the topic I am researching—how the media negatively affects one’s self-esteem—since this is precisely what their mission asserts.

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Women's Body Image and Self-Esteem

Women's Body Image and Self-Esteem | The Negative Effect of Social Media and Advertising on the Female's Sense of Self-Worth | Scoop.it
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I discovered this article while searching for information on the media and body image. The Virginia Women’s Center website provides a lot of useful statistical information on the actual size of women versus the women we see in the media—the one’s we are led to believe are the golden standard. The supplemental information listed is also very interesting and helpful. One study listed really demonstrates how media standards are directly related to bulimia and anorexia and the need to match what we see in the media.   

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Why "Average Is Beautiful" Won't Make Us Happy - Huffington Post Canada

Why "Average Is Beautiful" Won't Make Us Happy - Huffington Post Canada | The Negative Effect of Social Media and Advertising on the Female's Sense of Self-Worth | Scoop.it
Why "Average Is Beautiful" Won't Make Us Happy
Huffington Post Canada
Naomi Wolf, in a seminal 1990 book entitled The Beauty Myth, remarked that unattainable beauty standards hold women hostage.
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Although this article was written for the Canadian Huffington Post, it still rings true in the U.S. The author discusses why “average” will not cut it in replacing the high standard of “beauty.” Although campaigns like Dove push the idea the average women are the most beautiful, this article talks about the actual linguistic value of the word beautiful. It makes a lot of sense, in that if we begin to treat the average woman as the golden standard, does “beautiful” lose its meaning entirely? It may be more realistic to acceptance that some beauty standards are unattainable, while embracing other features that do constitute “beautiful” as well.

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Perceptions of Beauty, and Their Cost - New York Times

Perceptions of Beauty, and Their Cost - New York Times | The Negative Effect of Social Media and Advertising on the Female's Sense of Self-Worth | Scoop.it

Perceptions of Beauty, and Their Cost New York Times
For her thesis, she said, she started with an interest in “the media perception of body image” and thought, “Why not look at the way artists look at it?

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This article introduces a recent art exhibit stemming from the dissertation of Dr. Emily Newman. The exhibition, entitled “Body Conscious” raises awareness about the presentation of women in the media, versus women in everyday life. Her goal is to show how unsettling the reality of this topic is. This article is useful to my project because it shows that this issue is real and worth expressing in such a way.

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Size, Ethnicity and Ideal Beauty : False Advertising

In a panel of young women hosted by model Katie Halchishick and JAM Films, we talk about the predominant image of beauty in American media as a size 0, Cauca...
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This video relates directly to my topic because it discusses how average women feel about the perception of women in the media and the ideal standard of beauty. As suspected, the women on the panel feel that the “ideal” beauty is a rather unattainable standard and that it actually damaged self-esteem. This video has been the inspiration for my audio project. I plan on interviewing average girls to explain their take on the issue.

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Social Media’s Dual-Edged Sword: Narcissism vs. Self-Esteem

Social Media’s Dual-Edged Sword: Narcissism vs. Self-Esteem | The Negative Effect of Social Media and Advertising on the Female's Sense of Self-Worth | Scoop.it
Researchers find that Facebook breeds both narcissism and self-esteem.
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This source discusses how self-esteem can be increased based of received likes on social media websites. However, it also explains that there is a fine line between a simple self-esteem boost and the narcissistic attitude some people develop. Research has actually shown that those who post excessively on social media sites are more likely to score higher in certain types of narcissism. This article is useful to my project because it discusses the similarities and differences of self-esteem and narcissism in social media. It seems like the more positive feedback one receives, the more likely they are to benefit from social media, whereas one who is not well received is likely to suffer consequences to self-esteem.

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Social Media Fuels Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety [STUDY]

Social Media Fuels Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety [STUDY] | The Negative Effect of Social Media and Advertising on the Female's Sense of Self-Worth | Scoop.it
Social media may do more harm than good when it comes to personal well-being, a small study from the University of Salford in the UK indicates. About half of the survey's 298 pa...
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This article discusses how social media fuels low self-esteem, but also how social media can create anxiety. Participants in the study discussed report that use of social media has actually “made their lives worse.” Social media is a breeding ground for comparing oneself to other friends. This comparison makes people feel worse about themselves when seeing how much others may have accomplished. Because my project revolves around the effect of media on self-esteem, this article provides a lot of useful insight and support for my argument.

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Juan Carlos Moreno Angulo's curator insight, May 23, 11:54 PM
           How often do you check your Facebook account? Does the 'Likes' you get affect you some way? Stress and anxiety is more related to the interaction with social media than you think. The issue with this is that people usually struggle with how to incorporate social media into their lives in a healthy way. Many social media users show that their self-esteem and behavior also suffers harm when they compare their lives to other online. Facebook is a multi-edged sword riddled with many paradoxes. On the one hand, Facebook builds social connectivity, but it also isolates people and creates situations where we are “alone together. Facebook can fortify friendships, but it can also destroy relationships, and the list goes on and on. This is uncharted territory. In addition, fully relaxing or sleeping end up being hard after spending time on social networks. So what can someone do with those uncomfortable personality traits that is sucking their life? Do they keep anxiety in check? If any of this bring into line with your own experiences with social media, let me know how.
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Lena Dunham: Perpetually Nude and Proud - Guardian Liberty Voice

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Guardian Liberty Voice Lena Dunham: Perpetually Nude and Proud Guardian Liberty Voice The mainstream media needs more people like her advertising that normal, or even rotund builds, are just as commonplace, let alone desirable, as questionably...
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Although the majority of women who “show their stuff” on TV meet the mainstream standards of beauty, there are some exceptions—one of whom is Lena Dunham. It seems like Dunham, the star of the HBO show GIRLS, is naked at least once per episode. The best part is, she is proud to flaunt her imperfect body. Although the risqué scenes in the show disgust many people, she does not care. Her main goal is to break the norm of these stereotypical beauty standards. This example is great for my project because it shows that some women are attempting to break from the mold, and they are quite proud of it.

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Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o's Speech On Beauty That Left An ...

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Lupita accepted an award for Best Breakthrough Performance at the seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon hosted by Essence magazine. It was there she delivered a speech on beauty that every little girl should hear.
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The success of actress Lupita Nyong’o has made many people question mainstream standards of beauty. As a very dark skinned woman, she had always felt very uncomfortable growing up; and she prayed and prayed for lighter skin because she was led to believe light skin was a sign of beauty. Lupita’s issue with skin relates to many of the standards women feel they must attain, but Lupita’s success and acceptance has challenged contemporary ideals. This speech has provided me with many ideas for my remix project.

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Dove Real Beauty Sketches

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Dove Campaigns always confront the issue of mainstream ideals of beauty and personal perceptions. Although this video is not directly related to the media, this video couples with other Dove Ads made me wonder if this altered perception of self stems from the standards of beauty set by the media. In short, would these women feel so negatively about their specific features if they were not aware of the ideal set by the media? Keeping this idea in mind, this ad is very informative for my topic.

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