Sunday, May 20, 2007

The War on Women

Ginny has some excellent posts on the media's war on women and how women need to fight back. She says:

The media sends powerful messages to girls and women about the acceptability or unacceptability of their bodies. Young girls are thought to compare themselves to women portrayed as successful in the media, assessing how closely they match up to the "ideal" body form. Unfortunately, the majority of girls and women do not match up to the models and actresses presented in the media. The average model is 5'10" and weighs 110 pounds, whereas the average women is 5'4" and weighs 142 pounds. This is the largest discrepancy that has ever existed between women and the cultural ideal. This discrepancy leads many women and girls to feel inadequate and negative about their bodies. It is important to realize that only 4% of women genetically have the "ideal" body currently presented in the media, the other 96% of women feel they must go to extreme measures to attempt to reach this unobtainable image. Many of the images presented in the media have been computer enhanced and airbrushed. The models' hips and waists have often been slimmed and their breasts enlarged through computer photo manipulation. Many of the women presented in the media suffer from an eating disorder or have adopted disordered eating behaviors to maintain such low body weights. It is important to start to question images in the media and question why women should feel compelled to "live up" to these unrealistic standards of beauty and thinness. Share

2 comments:

marie said...

Elena:)

thankyou for linking to this piece written by Ginny.

It is one of the best pieces I have read which unveils the media's part in women becoming obsessed with their 'image'.

Peace and blessings to you:)

Marie

Ginny said...

Elena:)

Thanks for taking the time to read the piece and for linking to it.

God bless you!!