“Body Image” Debate It – Take a position on this statement: Media cause individuals to develop negative and unrealistic body images. Support your views with two or three reasons and/or examples. (Cite any sources you referenced.)
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SOC 105 Society and the Media
Please Respond to Discussion Post:

“Body Image”
Debate It – Take a position on this statement: Media cause individuals to develop negative and unrealistic
body images. Support your views with two or three reasons and/or examples. (Cite any sources you
referenced.)
Please Respond to Classmate: LH
I feel like the media does cause individuals to develop negative and unrealistic body images. For
example when you shop Victoria secret never shows plus size models so therefore little girls grow up
believing that in order to be a model you have to be 5’10 and no bigger than 100lbs. The media never
shares the light on plus size models. I feel like if they embraced plus size models as much as they do the
smaller ones we wouldn’t have little girls starving there self so they can look like the Victoria secret
models
Please Respond to Classmate CM
I believe media can cause some individuals to develop negative and unrealistic body images. I say ‘some’
because not everyone has self-esteem issues or unresolved trauma, family issues, etc. that would allow
media to distort one’s own image. Now this is my 51 year old self that has grown to love me with all of my
flaws. My 7 year old self had self-esteem and family issues of abandonment. Since this is not a
psychology class, I’ll leave that there. My 7 year old self loved Barbie dolls and since there were few to
no women of color in media, my self-image was low and colorism was a part of my everyday life because
I was ridiculed for being “light-skinned with good hair”. These were the years that women were
subjugated and helpless or heroines in Blaxploitation films that I had to sneak and watch. Furthermore,
Blaxploitation films were not a reality in my community but much more of the reality of pale-male
Hollywood. Today, I am grateful for all shades of women in media that have a voice, that are portraying
their truth. Today, we witness magazines, shows, movies and commercials that celebrate our vast array
of hues and humanness. As a community we must teach our youth in particular, that not everything they
see in media is real, especially social media, because a lot of the body images are manufactured, not
real.

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