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Many women of todays society are under high stress They may seem publicly confident but secretly they feel a sense of failure vulnerability exhaustion being overwhelmed and defeat by society Part of being a woman is the acceptance that in fact one day our age will catch up to us and we will be old This causes many women to succumb to a state of total and utter depression Beauty advertising companies hone into these vulnerable feelings and promote their products as though it is a cure for all physical and emotional ailments of a woman Hair dye creams and wrinkle minimizing makeup are only the start to how far women will go to appear beautiful and young again Advertisements also portray women as sex objects and define what is popular and what is the perfect look Modern consumer culture has linked sexuality with beauty to the extent that they cannot be separated Today one cannot turn on the television open a magazine or walk down a public street without being bombarded with images of seductive women being used to sell anything from bottled water to luxury cars Why are these images so powerful How do they shape and define the self-concept of both men and women How does linking beauty with sexuality and desirability influence the way we relate to each other Historian Susan G Cole writes that the way to instill social values is to eroticize them The feminist movement that began in the 1960s fought for equal rights for women in the workplace In the 1970s women began upholding positions of real power as they entered the workforce This shift in power was seen as a threat to the structure of institutions government and society This threat created a backlash to sustain womens dependence on men and keep women and men apart in order to uphold power Images that turn
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