In her article “Beating Anorexia and Gaining Feminism” Marni Grossman talks about her own personal experiences with fighting a food disorder. She grew up in a world where men are the ones who decide how a beautiful woman should look like. She also was influenced by her friends who gave her the idea that women must be skinny and beautiful in order to impress men. Marni felt ugly and fat, so she became anorexic which was a major struggle in her life. She described how hard it was to have such an illness. Marni then started to educate herself by reading feminist texts during the months of her recovery. She listed many feminism authors of whom she read from. Finally, she beat her anorexia and gained her feminism. Marni Grossman is one example of millions of women today. Women today are concerned with their body images because media has led girls to believe that in order to reach perfection, women have to look like actors and models. The T.V. advertisements, magazines, newspapers, and media tell us that in order to be happy and successful, someone should be skinny and beautiful. Girls feel bad about themselves if their weight, hips, and breasts do not match up with the images that are put in their mind. I think we have to do something to change these stereotypes and let every girl whether in high school or college read this article and learn a good lesson. What will women accomplish if they starve themselves since it is a high risk of death? We should think many times before adapting to such an idea and we have to change the bad stereotypes we have in our society about being skinny, beautiful, losing weight, and such things. Girls should accept themselves for who they are and not be influenced by how they look. They should alter the idea of thin and happy to healthy and happy. If you have good health, then it does not matter how you look like. I am writing about this subject because I have a teenage daughter who has the same obsessions with her weight. As the author states in her article about her situation “There were calories to count. Food to avoid. Body mass index to calculate.” My daughter always suffers with these issues and she goes crazy if she finds that her weight increases by one pound. I let my daughter read this article and she thought again about the idea that health and happiness is better than just being thin and happy. Media should represent examples of women who have values such as moral, honesty, intelligent, and altruism so that girls model them. We really need a revolution to inform the media with our message. Seeing girls in their young age suffer from such eating disorders just to be acceptable in the society is upsetting and painful. To decrease the suffering of girls and young women in our society, the media must help spread the moral images instead of those negative stereotypes.
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