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Introduction Medias Influence on Young girls Media is a huge influence today Our culture is media-saturated ads TV radio internet movies magazines newspapers billboards video games logos Media sends messages on several levels written words which people think are most important but they really arent images which are much more powerful than people tend to think and sounds music which create feelings that people are not often conscious of Media images are coded to reinforce ideology or the dominant beliefs of a society What needs to be conquered is the common sense ideals our society holds like being beautiful means being thin tan buff tall but not too tall with shiny hair flawless skin undimpled thighs and abs of steel This isnt common sense because its true its common sense because thats the message society has been bombarded with for years The most frightening part is that this destructive message is reaching children especially girls Specifically this paper will address the following Does the media have the ability to influence young girls to be thin as well as engage in sexual activity and does the media exploit women Through the tremendous amount of research collected by books encyclopedias the internet and a survey conducted amongst thirty girls it will be demonstrated that the media has influenced girls to be more worried about their appearance further open to sexual doings and has exploited women to the point where depression is a common outcome for these girls Media and Body Image Advertisers often emphasize sexuality and the importance of physical attractiveness in an attempt to sell products but researchers are concerned that this places too much pressure on young girls to focus on their appearance In a recent survey by Teen People magazine 27 of the girls felt that the media pressures them to have a perfect body1 and a poll conducted in 1996 by the international ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi found that ads made women
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