thinking about this question, there is a saying that actress Salma Hayek said, “People often say that ‘beauty is in the
eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is
realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places
where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves”. I believe that the media needs to have a positive representation on body
image for individuals because if they don’t viewers can face many disorder that
can change their life in so many ways.
According to the article by Jhally, “we do not see representation of
“real” people in advertisements, but rather we see representation of people who
“stand for” reigning social values such as family structure, status
differentiation, and hierarchical authority” (Jhally, 2015 pg. 247).
the media is beneficial to the viewers but then at the same time it can be damaging
as well because viewers use the media to perceive others and themselves. There
is a growing awareness around the way in which the media influence the body
image and self-esteem of women and girls and even nowadays men and boys. When
we think of the media there is no doubt that there are some type of direct
messages that is connected with body image. This would be the way people see
celebrities, fashion models and TV hosts as their role models. They want to be like them and how they
are. So they would do things to
themselves to be able to achieve that certain look.
According to the
article by Fairclough, “Youthful beauty as evidenced in celebrity culture now
appears to be the only type of beauty to aspire to” (2015, pg. 304). This is because American standards nowadays are established
in the media. Viewers are constantly
surrounded by all sorts of images that the media put outs and with that viewers
hypothesis their characteristics through what is being shown as the norm. The more the media expose those types of
norms to their viewers the more they will be disappointed with their bodies and
who they are as with themselves.
majority of the things that are represented in the media are of underweight and
unhealthy people that others look up too.
I feel that if media started using people who actually represents real
life people with all body types it would make a great difference for viewers. This can help viewers not be as insecure in them
if they see people on the media who have all kinds of flaws. They should know that it is impossible for
anyone to be perfect and that it is okay to be imperfect and still love ourselves
for what we were given. However, media
makes it seem like you need to be, which is very upsetting in my opinion and
needs to change. According to the article
in the textbook, “Women’s bodies are evaluated, scrutinized and dissected by
women as well as men and are always at rick of ‘failing'” (Gill, 2015 pg. 280).
This is not just for women it also goes for men as well. With the effect
that the media has on a person’s body image, there are things the media and
those being affected can do to limit the impact.