|Beautiful: Part 2
||[Jun. 16th, 2005|02:39 pm]
I recently posted a post about the medias influence on eating disorders. This is my continued part of this. Please take the time to read this even though it is pretty long. I previously posted: "Yes, beauty magazines and celebrities promote low self esteem and this image of what a 'normal' girl should look like, when in reality what you don't see is that they are all so thin its disgusting. I'm sorry but every single woman is beautiful in some way or another and nothing can take that away from them except for the media who tells women that have to be 'thin' to be beautiful. It's disgusting. Sure, the media has told the world about the deaths of well-known perfomers and athletes who have died as a direct result of their eating disorder. The media can be somewhat hypocritical however, in that we may read an article about someone suffering or dying from anorexia on one page, and have an clothing advertisement with a clearly underweight model on the very next page." |
trust me I understand that there are naturally thin people, my brother being one of them, he eats a ton, he is 14 and he can not gain weight he weighs 89 pounds. And there are girls that are exactly the same way, trust me I have known girls like that. For example when Cameron Diaz did Something about Mary critics and fans complained that they could not look at her small and sickly looking figure for 2 hours. But in interviews and magazine articles to come after the release of Something about Mary, Diaz had to fight and bring back high school memories to prove that she is just naturally skinny. Apparently in high school, her nick name was "Skeletor."
I could look at the backlash against magazines and celebrities so many different ways. You are right I have seen the things people have said about Lindsay Lohan, and that upsets me too because I do understand the amount of pressure models and celebrities are under to look that way, I mean their job; where they get their income is at stake if they do not. If they are too thin they get critized for that and if they are a little overwieght of what the media believes they should look like they get slammed as well. There is no happy medium with the media. An Example of this: Alicia Silverstone was a slender 15 year old when she made Clueless. She had put on 5 or 10lbs in the few years before filming Batman & Robin, and was subjected to cruel headlines such as "Batman and Fatgirl" and "Watch out Batman, here comes Buttgirl." Silverstone refused to comment on the headlines.
I agree 100% with this which was posted on the PBS website. They had an awesome article titled Perfect Illusions. The beginning paragraph says it all "One of the ways we can protect our self-esteem and body image from the media's often narrow definitions of beauty and acceptability is to become a critical viewer of the media messages we are bombarded with each day. Media messages about body shape and size will affect the way we feel about our bodies and ourselves only if we let them. When we effectively recognize and analyze the media messages that influence us, we remember that the media's definitions of beauty and success do not have to define our self-image or potential" Which yes, it does say it all. But put that to the test of girls and or men with eating disorders, they already have such a low self esteem that they can not protect themselves from these media images of beauty. I mean god one of the biggest terms in eating disorders that I have come across in my research is called "thinspiration" which is when they look for models and or actresses who they find beautiful and that what they want to look like, and they go with that and they feel that is why they should loose more weight; so that they can look like these models or celebrities. I mean surveys and test have been done seeing this is a very controversal topic but how can you avoid this, how can people not see? According to a midwestern University research study, pictures of waif thin models and skeletal actresses may play a role in eating disorders. This study is discussed in a 1997 article from The University Record. And then also not to long ago maybe a year ago PEOPLE magazine featured an article titled "Searching for the Perfect Body". The article includes a poll of women, asking how many are influenced by the unrealistically thin images of Hollywood women today. Not suprisingly, 80% of those polled admitted that the images of women on TV, in movies, and in magazines contribute to insecurities about their own body image. So insecure in fact, that, according to the People poll, that 93% have tried to lose weight, 34% have had or would consider cosmetic surgery, and 34% said they would be willing to try any type of diet even if it posed a health risk.
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