Throughout this week I have been continuously surprised with the new information I’ve learned on the problem we have as a society with out body image standards. This by far has been my favorite subject matter to study in relation to media. According to the statistics stated in the film, Miss Representation, Media plays a significant role in our lives. “An American teenage on average spends 31 hours a week watching TV, 17 hours a week listening to music, 3 hours a week watching movies, 4 minutes a week reading magazines, and 10 hours a week online.” So when people wonder why we have these unrealistic expectations on body image this is where we should be looking. Billions of dollars are sold on advertisements per year and for what? to get negative detrimental ideas put into our heads.

I strongly suggest for those who have not watched Miss Representation, to give it a look. There are numerous eye opening facts and thoughts shared on how much on an impact social media really does play in the lives of women and men. The facts are scary and clearly show that there needs to be a change that is made. It makes me really contemplate how media will affect my children when that time eventually comes. Nearly every minute of every day we are bombarded with some type of media.

In the Ted Talk, “Plus Size? More Like My Size”, given by Ashlee Graham she shares that only 2% of women consider themselves to be beautiful. She stresses that a very small part of the population of women actually fit into the body image standards society holds. A statistic she shares with the audience is, “The Plus Size fashion industry actually starts at a US size 8 and goes up to a US size 16”. The majority of women fall into this label as plus size according to what the industry says. It is up to us to change the way we view ourselves and stop holding these unrealistic ideals.

According to many of the videos and articles we were to read this week they all stress that only a little part of the population is reflected in media. According to the article, “Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory”, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to truly follow the feminist theory that all genders and groups should have equality. It is rare to see those who are disabled portrayed in the media or recognized in society. I think in this video, https://www.facebook.com/HuffPostWomen/videos/vb.153213781413350/976350679099652/?type=2&theater, the mother shares a good point that as a disabled people are more alike than different and that with more exposure the more acceptance there will be in society.

 

References:

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. “Integrating Disability.” The Johns Hopkins University Press. NWSA Journal, 2002. Web. 12 June 2016.

Newsom, Jennifer Siebel. “Miss Representation.” Youtube. Youtube, 20 Jan. 2011. Web. 12 June 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALogB8K9U_8&gt;.

TEDxTalks. “Plus-size? More Like My Size | Ashley Graham | TEDxBerkleeValencia.” YouTube. YouTube, 2015. Web.

 

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