HOW DO MEDIA IMAGES AFFECT US?

Picture of RegenaEveryone's comments are right on target. I agree with you all. I feel that the images today portray women as sex objects and make women and young girls feel that they have to look like something they're not. I agree with Kaira on the fact that my life has taken a swift change (for the better), [so I don't] stress about not having the latest style of shoes, and [don't feel] like I have to put on lipstick.   Regena


I went to see Linda Ronstadt, who is a singer who broke in the late sixties, was a superstar in the seventies, early eighties and now lives in Tucson. She raises her kids and makes an occasional album. During the seventies, she was the thin but shapely girlie girl singer. Now, she's much heavier and not at all out there or trading on her sexuality. And I was driven nuts by the kind of comments people made about her after this concert. "Couldn't she dress slinkier?" "She must be suffering from low self-esteem." "What has she done to herself!" It infuriated me. This brilliant woman may not want to play this ridiculous image game any more. Maybe she's just decided to relax and be herself. . . The equation of weighing more than the supposed average with low self-esteem just drove me up a wall!   Evelyn


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For myself as an older woman who is "not slender," I definitely appreciate seeing in advertisements and catalogs, models who are women like myself. I am disgusted with models who are so thin and clothes that only look good on that body type, as being the only images that have been before us for most of my life. I now understand why I have always hated shopping for clothes. Even the mannequins in stores are unrealistic.   Susan


Picture of RebeccaIn college, I once saw a pornographic poster on the wall of a dorm room because their door was open and after looking at it, I felt dirty. I can't explain how beyond dirty and confused... she was on a leash and a man was doing something to her laughing. I was confused because I wondered if that's how the person in that room felt about women in general... if he looked at me like that because I was a woman. . . I found it all very confusing and disturbing. . . how does that poster impact the way the owner and his friends treat women? Now, while the pornographic poster seems like an extreme example, some of our advertisements & movies today are quite extreme themselves.   Rebecca


I think that a lot of the internalized oppression comes from letting the oppression get to us and make us think low of ourselves. . . I know that I used to have a hard time accepting myself - but being involved in community work saved my life because I was always learning more about how the media, history, and capitalism want to control our minds by putting the oppression in our heads.   Kaira


I cut my hair and I was worried about how I would feel afterward. Would I miss my hair? Would more of the gray show? Anyway, it feels great and is easier. I think I worried because of media images I hold on to. Now I am thinking of getting it cut shorter.   Maureen


Media affects how we feel about ourselves because we compare not only others but ourselves to the images we see daily. I remember seeing The Body Shop ad with an "overweight" Barbie as the model and I felt great! I knew on a conscious level that The Body Shop was making a statement and it made me realize on a whole other level that I'm fine at the weight I'm at. Rebecca


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