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Aging Beautifully in America Body image in the United States is associated with attractiveness Fueled by the hugely profitable cosmetic weight-loss and fashion industries the beauty myths glamorized notions of the ideal body reverberate back upon women as a dark vein of self hatred physical obsessions terror of aging and dread of lost control according to Naomi Wolf Schiebinger 2002397 Many of the ideals are unrealistic for some people and attained artificially through drugs and elective surgeries by others As Americas culture has become more and more sexually driven the need to look young thin and beautiful has become an overwhelming part of daily life Above all else in the desire to become beautiful the main goal is to achieve eternal youth From movies to television to magazines the media is constantly filling the minds of Americans of all ages with images of eternal youth and sex In this quest for eternal youth Americans have been doing everything possible to maintain a slender fit body wrinkleless blemish-free skin perky breasts females and a full non-grey head of hair Though some of these ideals such as being in shape and looking your best promote positive societal goals others such as becoming anorexicly thin and undergoing risky elective surgeries to look perfect encourage destructive behavior This paper will seek the potential advantages and disadvantages of Americas youth focused society while paying particular attention to body image ideals While Americas youth obsession tends to be most apparent in women it transcends people of all genders races and religions Since the feminist movement young girls have grown up being taught that true beauty comes from within and that they are more than just sex objects for men to ogle The media cosmetic companies and plastic surgeons however do not seem to hold this same opinion These businesses spend a huge amount of money every year trying to convince women and men that they would be living up to there
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