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MEDIA AND WOMEN A womans body has been a topic of conversation for centuries Women were considered sexy or voluptuous if they had a pear shape body The ideal pear shape icon would be Marilyn Monroe She was actually a size 12 and she is still known as one of the sexiest females ever The media today projects women in a different light Females in show business television film are under pressure to be thin in order to keep their jobs Such stars such as Calista Flockhart who plays Ally McBeal on FOX is a star who is extremely thin and is on the verge of being skeleton thin Does the pressure of Hollywood cause these women to stop eating The most popular television show right now is Friends Each of the three female leads has gotten thinner over the years and their appearance is very noticeable Flip through the channels and as each television program comes on the female lead very thin Is this a requirement to work in Hollywood Of course they are some exceptions but look at the females as a whole and the numbers are astonishing Models on covers of magazines are extremely thin and yes they look beautiful but the pictures are air brushed to hide their flaws The media is giving a false identity to women and young girls need to be warned about the consequences that come with being too thin It is okay to exercise and eat healthy but girls get obsessed with their weight and that can lead to eating disorders The media has the power to send a better image to girls and the media should not subject them to models that they can not be According to Cynthia M Lont author of Women and Media suggest that advertisers capitalize on the fact that teenage girls tend to have negative feelings about their bodies They also found that the physical beauty theme extends to
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