Negative Effect of Media to Woman In the article, “The Burka and The Bikini” by Joan Jacobs and Jacquelyn Jackson, they mention not only media can insult some cultures by showing almost nude females in their advertisement and it could also put a huge impact on most of our women’s health in the society we live in. They use two totally different views of two different world of women as their main example. They assert that some women covered up for the sake and a respect for the culture of their country and on the other hand, looking good, getting thin, and showing more skin are others women patriotic means for theirs.
They also say women take this issue so serious that they risk their lives to achieve of what they believe is the media’s perception of a perfect body. Some negative outcome includes disorders and a lot of stress to our women in the society. They conclude that it does not matter if a media promotes a person naked or well dressed but what media needs to think is how this will badly affect women because their well- being is what counts for our future generation.
It is very convincing what Brumber and Jackson’s claim on how negative effect of media in our society especially to women’s health is becoming an epidemic. Media is trying to make this century only for those women with perfect bodies and it is one of the big factors why our wives, daughters, sisters and a lot more women in our society are at health risks. From reality TV shows, newspapers, ad advertisements, billboards, and TV commercials, mostly thin and big breasted women are the star and most popular.
It could be that the head of the media is a man? Not necessary, because not all men have the same perception of what a perfect woman is. As a matter of fact, I talk to my friend Ryan Pitts, who is my work out partner and works for Amtrak and ask him, what is your perfect description of attractive woman? He answers “umm ok, a woman should look normal and natural. Oh definitely, they need some makeup, their hair done, flattering clothes and shoes, but don’t overdo it. Too skinny is gross with your bones poking out everywhere its nasty.
And for those of you who think you need breast implants… think again! They look so fake, and you can’t hide that unless you cover up completely. ” Because of media, most American women are suffering with a disorder called “Anorexia Nervosa,” the restriction and refusal of food to maintain a minimal normal body weight. One of the popular methods is vomiting using ipecac syrup, a medicinal plant from Brazil, and will trigger the central nervous system that will cause vomiting.
One of the early tragic victim of Anorexia is for instance; Karen Carpenter, a popular singer of the 70’s. According to the article “Battling Anorexia: The Story of Karen Carpenter” by Adena Young, “Ever since Karen Carpenter died in 1983, doctors, scientists, and therapists, among many others, have been investigating the cause of this fatal eating disorder. One common cause, as everyone agrees, is American culture and the media. For the past few decades, there has been an American philosophy of “trim and slim. This is a nation where it is sexy to be skinny and where fitness centers and more recently, dieting supplements, are being advertised more than anything else …” So Anorexia has been around for decades now and it was clearly states on Young’s article that media is one of the reason. He also mentions, “Anorexia is especially common among young white girls and those who need to have more control over their lives. Among anorexics, you will find female hyper-achievers, fashion models, dancers, gymnasts, and ballet troupes.
ANDRED (Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc. ) research suggests that about one percent of female adolescents have anorexia. That means that about one out of every one hundred young women between ten and twenty are starving themselves, sometimes to death. There do not seem to be reliable figures for younger children and older adults, but such cases, while they do occur, are not common. Furthermore, media advertisement about different kind of diet pills is another factor of how badly they affect women’s minds.
They will put a young skinny model, who reads a script and really does not have anything to do with the product that she is trying to advertise to those women that are desperate to lose their fat. She is a model and gets pay to that job so what to expect. As a matter of fact, according to Jason Parker in his article, “The Bad Side Effects of Diet Pills” He states, If you’re thinking about resorting to diet pills for your weight problems, consider this.
Dizziness, nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, blurred vision, fatigue, insomnia, heart failure, severe headaches, hair loss, urinary tract problems, tremors, hallucinations, heart attack, shortness of breath, dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, stroke, convulsions, hyperactivity, addiction to pills, and heart palpitations… These are some of the side effects of diet pills according to medical specialists (Parker). A diet pill is no different than the taking of steroids that might work for some time but in a long run the bad side effects will kick in and take effect.
It is a form of pill that can poison women’s body but also their mind. Media is affecting our society in some ways that women will extremely do anything like plastic surgery to achieve what media calls “the perfect body. ” According to the Cosmeticplasticsurgerystatistic. com, “nearly 11. 7 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2007. ” What is that statistics tells us? Women will spend ridiculous amount of money to fit an artificial image created by an every expanding media. Reality TV shows like “Extreme Makeover” and Dr. 0210 are some of the most influential in media. Plastic surgery procedure like nose and lips reshaping, liposuction and breast augmentation are the most common procedures. It is faster way of loosing something that you do not want in your body so why not. It is a severe problem because we are giving young women a bad idea, and they think it is normal to do so. Media keep showing this nicely done breast implants and a well done liposuction but where are those people that failed and even worst like died or people that they messed up on during and after the procedure.
Going through such experience will really make people think hard and make smarter decision because once it is done it is scar that will not go away forever. Brumberg and Jackson asserts on how badly media influence our women in our society and brainwashes women’s mind on how they should have to look. The outcome of negative advertisement to woman’s mind could include, disorder, stress, lowered self-esteem and worst case scenario- death. According to Brumberg and Jackson conclusion, no matter where a woman’s from it does not matter if they are showing extra skin or not, what really counts is the woman’s health of our next generation.
I have learned how powerful media is and that because of them most of our women will actually take the risks of endangering their lives. In the article, “In your face …All Over the Place! ” by Jean Kilbourne, he clearly states, Advertising constantly promotes the core belief of American culture: that we can create ourselves, transform ourselves, transcended our circumstances-but with a twist For generations Americans believed if we work hard enough, like Horatio Alger.
Today the promise is what we can change our lives instantly, effortlessly-by winning a lottery, selecting the right mutual fund, having a fashion makeover, losing weight, having tighter abs, buying the right car or softdrink. It is this belief that such transformation is possibles that drives us to keep dieting, to buy more stuff, to read fashion magazines that give us the same information over and over again…(373). It is actually the point of this argument, “it sounds too good to be true. ” If you do not read the fine print, media is a conspiracy and a big corrupted propaganda.
It is like a contagious disease on people’s mind especially for women in a bad way. It has to stop somewhere. Media is everywhere, people do not have a choice but to look and listen to all the lies. In a sense, they will buy it, and they had to because it is a gradual adaptation to our society. People just need to remember don’t let media fool you on what beauty standard should be. If people want to be thin or healthy, they just need to change their bad habit to good lifestyle and have a positive healthy attitude. Doing it right is worth a lot in a long run.