Danielle LaPorte once said “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”This quote signifies how the society displays the individual and how the media affects the mindset of each person. As in how they should act, dress or look.
Hello fellow classmates”,
My name is Maya and Today I will be exploring the dark side that media has on society‘s perception of women. Media perception affects the society and mostly woman by body shaming, peer pressuring and finally increasing health issues.
Have you ever looked at a model and wished you were as skinny or muslin he or she is? Magazine and advertisements constantly provide tips and tricks of how to lose weight or look slimmer in a hot second. Through-out the years, women have gone through all types of extremes just so they can fit into media standers. According to studies performed by Dove, the report states that 85% of women and 79% of girls say that they purposely skip major activities and events due to the fact that they do not feel presentable of the way they look. While, also overweight women are not the only ones being targeted but also women being too thin. But on the other hand important figures become more famous and well known for getting plastic surgery and changing their insecurities. Women and girls spend many of their free time on social media, as they also follow many celebrities and friends. But they all portray their “best self” which is not valid. As now there are many websites and apps that they can use to Photoshop and change their appearance, and that sets people up to fail as they think they should look like that, but it’s not a realistic image. I just do not understand why is it that young and grown women have to worry of what the society displays as beautiful and pretty.
Peer pressure is a powerful and a strong influence, it’s where you feel the pressure to dress or behave a certain way. It is usually pressured by your closest peer who is around such as a friend, classmate or neighbor. Social media has given peer pressure the power to ruin the true side of young girls. Teenage girls get the feeling of the need of wearing revealing clothes or smoking and drinking to cave into the feeling of being valued and accepted. Peer pressuring is not always negative effect but also positive, peers might pressure others into participating in school activities such as sports or clubs. They may also pressure you to not smoke or do drugs. But it depends on what type of person you are and who you surround yourself with because peer pressuring is mostly effective on people that have lack of confidence, low self-esteem and many more. Many girls suffer from the thinking and feeling disorder of being “not good enough”.
Body image and peer pressure can result physical and mental health, often to reach the point that their minds won’t feed off the idea that they aren’t good enough. The CNN in America recently revealed the suicide rate in the US has increased approximately 25% since 1999, with Dr Nassir Ghaemi telling CNN the rise of social media can take part of the blame. While researching, I found that most of the reports are about women getting affected by social media more than men, as in women use social media more than men do and so their health state suffers more. As in approximately five percent of young girls and women and one percent of men have anorexia, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. So you could see the difference of who is affected more by media on their health stage. Just Imagine starving to death for more than a whole day, no food, no water and it’s like growing the disorder on you all because you want to fit in and be accepted.
Simon Mainwaring once said “As more people use social media to tell the story of the future, the wants and needs of more people will be reflected” So, In the future the issues and effects might increase or decrease, but it all depends on how the society might take it, as in do they want it to become better or worse but either way no one should be feeling insecure, self- conscious or doubtful about themselves. It’s time to speak-up because while we are waiting and doing nothing, some right now are in need of help. It should not be okay for a girl or a woman to have dreadful thoughts that are not true.