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Language and images are usually a way to express what someone is thinking however language and images can often restrict our thinking in various ways Susan Douglas in her essay Narcissism As Liberation writes about the great myththat superficial appearances can be equated with a persons deepest character strengths and weaknesses128 The image of what a beautiful and what is not is an image that is constantly restricted in our minds These restrictions come from television movies or many other things that people encounter John Berger in Ways of Seeing proclaims that men survey woman before treating them Consequently how a woman appears to a man can determine how she will be treated46 This further shows what these restrictions do in our everyday lives Adrienne Rich in her essay When We Awaken Writing As Re-Vision gives her theories on how to free people from these restrictions mainly through re-vision One image that is restricted in our minds is the concept of beauty that is seen in advertising These restriction are put on women The image of what beauty is in regard to women is perpetuated though advertising Through the advertising and on a larger scale the media women are told about perfect faces and bodies and the psychologically politically and economically punitive measures taken against women who fail to be young thin and beautiful133 They are made to feel inferior if they are not considered attractive so they feel the need to purchase what is being advertised Berger agrees that women are often victims of these restriction when he says a womens presenceis manifest in her gestures voice opinion expressions clothes46 He believes that women are judged because of this image This image that today is put on the public by ads that we are subject to wherever we are It is extremely difficult to break free from our limited thoughts Adrienne Rich also sees these restriction in another form writing She says that
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