Monday, May 5, 2014

Media Has a Huge Impact on Body Image: Multigenre Research Excerpt

*Today's post is part of Jocelyn Clark's senior project. Jocelyn is one of my students at Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho and chose the multigenre research option. What follows is an abbreviate portion of her final project with the Prezi she created for our senior project presentation night. Jocelyn will be attending BYU-Idaho after graduation and plans to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints after her nineteenth birthday. 

Senior Project Presentation Night.
From Left: Makayla, Jocelyn, Amber, Dallin, Bradley, Austin
The media that we are surrounded by daily has affected the way that society as a whole has portrayed women. As time has gone on, media has directed how every woman is suppose to look and dress in order to even be considered as beautiful. It has made it so women are not looked at by men as virtuous or lovely, but as sexual objects instead used for their pleasure and then tossed away. That is so WRONG! 

The media needs to promote respecting oneself and one's body, looking on the mindset of being a sexual object with the least degree of allowance, and help women become comfortable in their own skin. It may be wrong to say, but it wouldn't be completely wrong to say that media has a direct correlation with negative self image, depression, self harm, and eating disorders. In fact, my cousin suffered from the constant push from the media to be thin. She is lucky to still be alive today after her long road down a terrifying path of being a bulimic.