Media versus Women in Society
By Melis Mevlutoglu

January 18, 2012

Perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect clothes, don’t have that? Oh it’s okay, just take
a trip down to the local mall; I’m sure you can find some Proactive, extensions, and fashionable clothes. While you're at it, stop by the gym; make sure you also get down Jenny Craig’s number because, quite frankly, all those sit ups and hours on the treadmill aren’t working fast enough.
The media has created an unrealistic expectation for females based on looks.
These over the top standards influence females to change their overall image. Not only has this provoked us into becoming our own worst critics, we have become each others as well. If not feeling bad for ourselves, we spend time negatively judging other women instead of appreciating their beauty for what it really is.
Not too long ago, my ten year old sister told me I had to lose weight if I wanted to
have a boyfriend. I tried to explain to her that when I have a boyfriend he will like me for who I am on the inside, not the outside. It upsets me that the media can affect a child as young as my sister; what ever happened to the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?
We have created a society where looks are above everything. This society degrades
women when their appearances do not meet the criteria of “perfect”.
Society has encouraged us to believe its okay to be known for your beauty over
your knowledge. Teenagers would rather spend time watching pointless reality shows
instead of watching something intellectually stimulating that will benefit them in the end.
This nonsense taught to them is later “re-enacted” in their own lives.
As women, we need to take a firm stand against the media and create a positive
society, where everyone can be accepted regardless of their looks. Do we really want
society to be mesmerized by the media? Females should begin to accept themselves for
who they are. If we cannot accept ourselves, then who will?

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