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Women are the most affected group of appearance-oriented illnesses They are constantly trying to meet the ideal yet unattainable standards of body image that our society has so strongly set forth This paper gives an overview of the introduction of bodily standards for women in American society and discusses the ongoing and seemingly never ending campaign for perfection Most if not all researches find that women are the targeted group for crises dealing with self-image They are constantly being put on a pedestal and compared to an ideal that may not even actually exist Women go on diets and work out all the time Theyre never thin enough so they go to unnatural extremes All they really want is to feel good about themselves in a sea of doubt and turmoil produced by a multi- billion-dollar-a-year beauty industry And they think the panacea is to look like a supermodel perfectly thin tall sculpted and commanding our cultural epitome of feminine success Zimmerman 61 For over a century newspapers and magazines have been inundating Americans with images of ideal beauty Only strict emulation of these ideals has been accepted as attractive In the early- to mid-1800s a full feminine figure was considered beautiful it was a symbol of status Voluptuous curves were seen as signs of good health wealth and a readiness to bear children Thinness was associated with being poor and because the poor were often sick being thin was also thought to be unhealthy Kuberksy 22 This ideal was first replaced in the 1890s with the introduction of the Gibson girl created by an artist The new image was slimmer and more athletic-looking and that thinness has since remained an integral part of the female allurement Thinness however is always
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