The Representation of Women in the Media

4 April 2015
This paper discusses the way women are viewed in the media and the effect the media has on women’s mentality both in current and past periods.

This paper is about representations of women and celebrities in the media and their effects on average American women. Some of the topics discussed in this paper are the media’s portrayal of actresses and celebrities and their affects on teenagers and women, the differences and changes in images of celebrities through the past few decades, the “Culture of slimming,” the objectification and subjectification of women, the psychological, social, physical, and mental effects on the average women, and the power of the entertainment industry.
“Over the past few decades, the so-called “norm” for a female figure has drastically changed from voluptuous and curvy to waif-like thin. Many female celebrities have been known for their figures. Historically, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield were two women who each wore a size 12 and were glorified by men all around the world. Today, celebrities from the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Calista Flockhart are admired for their abilities to become and stay so thin, almost appearing sick. As celebrities come and go, women compare themselves to whoever is “popular” at the time.”
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