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Face the Fact Body Images in the Media Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest one of all Societies standards for body shape and the importance of beauty is promoted by various media The media links beauty to symbols of happiness love and success for women Media portrays these images as achievable and real Until women accept their body image they will continue to measure themselves against societies perfect image Media representations of body image contribute to social trends of unhealthy lifestyles Female children learn to worry about their appearance from an early age Huge quantities of girls between the ages of three and ten have one or more Barbie dolls On television children are bombarded with commercials showing tall and thin women promoting dieting products and leading a dream life Being exposed to numerous perfect female images leads girls trying to defeat their imperfections into their adult life Parental messages about appearance also have large impacts on young girls In the Second Edition of Feminist Issues Susan A McDaniel comments For the female child to be assessed as pretty or beautiful is the highest accolade one that usually makes her parents proudTo be pretty is to be approved of liked and rewarded She also mentions that in infancy females are judged by standards of cuteness and prettiness and this shifts with age into standards of beauty and glamour Parents of newborn babies tend to emphasise appearance more in girls than in boys Body image isnt just about appearance What girls feel about their bodies is directly linked to their self-esteem and confidence Many magazines which appeal to teenage girls such as Sassy Seventeen and Cosmopolitan advertise using many underweight models and promote products such as diet pills and Slim Fast As children reach adolescence they see that nearly all of the famous
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