The media is everywhere and it's great! Most of us love a bit of TV, radio and Facebook, but is it all good? We might enjoy watching the pretty people on the telly and in the magazines, but what does it do to us?
Psychoanalyst Dr Susie Orbach discovered that spending just three minutes looking at fashion magazines lowers the self-esteem of 80% of women. It is probably the same for guys who spend ages looking at magazines showing ‘fit’ male bodies. When a person is bombarded with images of ‘perfect’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘toned’ people on the TV, in magazines, or on billboards, it is too easy to feel ugly, fat, and less than perfect.
What many people don't realise is that the pictures of celebrities and models that they see every day are airbrushed and manipulated so that these people look more ‘beautiful’ than they actually are. The following video shows how much digital manipulation is required even for a supermodel to meet the media's standard of beauty. Models and footballers don’t really look that good, many people are paid lots of money to make them or their pictures look that good.
Intelligent analysis shows that these images and the messages given out by the media are often based on lies, usually for financial gain. We don't have to be victims of this pressure. We can choose to reject these media stereotypes and be proud of who we are!