Charity Hitt MMC 6660 Blog

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications

Week 8 Blog Essays

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Describe some  generalizations and stereotypical pictures of racial, gender, etc. phenomena that you have discerned – and then explain how the media might have helped create those pictures.

One of the most prevalent, and in my opinion detrimental, stereotypes that the media creates and perpetuates in regards to gender stereotypes is that related to the female body.  When I use the word create, I use it literally not figuratively, as the media (particularly in advertising) create images that are often distorted depictions of a female body.  Photoshopping and deceiving camera angles portray women’s bodies as perfect, slim figures lacking an ounce of body fat or cellulite. It’s on every other page of every magazine you flip through, smiling perfect women with perfect figures, confidently assuring the reader that they too, can be this confident and happy if only they use the same products.

This image of the perfect woman with the perfect body is not only seen in the advertising pages of magazines, but also on every channel and on every movie screen across the country.  Actresses with trim figures and near impossible to achieve bodies take the dominate roles in television and film, with actresses that are heavy set (by Hollywood standards) often playing a supporting role or no role at all.

It is a constantly discussed and possibly trite argument, but regardless, it is the messages that these images send to women that are concerning in our society.  The pressure for a perfect body as opposed to a healthy body, and the inaccurate portrayals of what that perfect body should look like, are compounding the pressures on women to achieve an industry standard of beauty.  The pressure is particularly disturbing when we think of the young girls in our society who  in a difficult time between girl and woman, have to filter through these images and messages sent by the mass media to decide what beautiful means to them.  The effects we have seen in these young girls are a rise in eating disorders, dissatisfaction with their bodies, and a lack self esteem or healthy body image.


Written by charityhitt

October 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Posted in Reading Essays

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  1. Yes, very good. You see that to in that monthly magazine cover in the boxes here on campus. There are still newspapers in Britain that run Page 3 girls
    Also, see this Wikipedia article on Christina Hendricks who is a size 14 and the kerfuffle surrounding her body vs. her acting skills. See also-

    Ronald R. Rodgers

    October 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  2. that should be too, not to

    Ronald R. Rodgers

    October 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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