The movie we watched in class today really irritated me and got me thinking about how much media influences young people, guys and girls alike. However, I was thinking of the different roles that are being enforced in the media.
Men hold positions of power and they often feel pressured to fit these roles of power or to have that good look to attain power. Although they do face pressures, my problem with that is that they are pressured to fit a powerful status. I’m not saying that they don’t feel pressure, but they are hardly given negative connotations. Women obviously are extremely objectified and hyper-sexualized, always focusing on their beauty. I scroll to see the top news stories on Yahoo! and the one’s about women are about their outfit choices, the latest beauty trend they followed, or the mistakes they have made. Women are hardly seen in positions of power, and if they are in power they are seen as bitchy or they hold power in a job that is “meant” for women. Young girls are being pressured everywhere through media that they need to have the perfect body; their worth is only found through the way they look, their brain or personality isn’t important. They shouldn’t strive for positions that society thinks men should have, they just need to wear the right outfit and not press their boundaries.
The main thing that bothers me is the message it sends to young girls. Girls are delicate and they take what the media portrays much more seriously than older women. If there is an ideal image that society paints for them, they will do whatever it takes to get there; whether that be through self harm, loads of makeup, or whatever. I wish that girls could see that their worth and their beauty doesn’t lie within what society has laid out for them. There are all different kinds of beautiful; there is no ideal beauty.