In today’s society our bodies and physical attributes are scrutinized all the time and it seems that humans are getting harsher in their judgements of each other. Everyone has heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but most of us disregard this phrase and pass judgement entirely on our bodies or ‘cover’. The world is revolving around split-second judgements on our appearance, and this is becoming more evident in our schools, and at much younger ages which should be very alarming as kids are segregating themselves from each other based on colour, creed, and even clothing. Usually, kids who come from wealthier families are usually the more popular ones and they are the ones from where the segregation starts. the media affects how we are judged and convinces us to emulate a specific model to become more socially acceptable in our society. This model is simple yet very complicated at the same time, with the outline of skinny being beautiful, fat being ugly, and wearing designer clothes and accessories means being classified as “popular” and thus, socially accepted. The bombardment of messages about beauty, dieting, and slimness tells "ordinary" women and men that they are always in need of adjustment, and that our bodies are something that can be perfected. Our world is littered with idealized images of men and women. These fake photos are the model of what a woman or man should look like, but the dilemma is that we cannot achieve that kind of body, and the more differences between us and that model, the more scrutiny we receive from judgements. Also, countless teen movies depict high school by cliques, usually divided into the jocks, preps, nerds, druggies, Asians, Blacks, etc. When we see a movie like this, we classify ourselves or others in one of those categories, and this is purely based on our bodies, how we look, dress, speak, weigh, and what our hobbies are. Even though these movies could be intended to be viewed as parodies, we, as teens, take them very seriously and it affects our appearance and self esteem greatly. Another influence of media would be reality television shows, such as Jersey Shore, The Real World, etc, where we view these 20-something reality T.V. stars who go out partying every night, abusing alcohol, waking up the next morning and heading to the gym. Men strive to get the muscular physique through the so-called “G.T.L” lifestyle, but cannot get there if we abuse the biomedical risk factors, such as drinking and smoking. The mass media, in my opinion, is the biggest factor in how we are judged, and why we are judged. Either through idealistic advertisements, teen movies, or reality T.V shows such as Jersey Shore, mass media defines the socially acceptable way on how we should look, act, and behave. We should be embracing our differences, instead, we are doing the opposite, of
Body and Society Essay
Date: October 20th, 2014
2014-2015 KINE1000 6.0 Socio-cultural Perspectives in Kinesiology
The body and society correlate to each other in a way where someone’s body image is what makes them unique from the rest of the population on the planet. Every single person on earth is different and unique. The body image of someone can be reflected as a positive or negative image…
hip hop, pop, jazz etc. I have several forms of art embedded on my body (tattoos). Sometimes a song is meaningful because it is a memory a person that I hold dear to me. I have body art that has specific meaning for a particular time in my life. Each tattoo tells a story, each one reminds me of a time in my life that was very important to me. On a day to day basis I sometimes lose sight of the important things from my past; my body art is a constant reminder of those things. Often times I get…
This ultimately shows how clothing and fashion affects how an individual is viewed within society and is ultimately a form of body modification. This claim will be highlighted with examples from designers such as Rei Kawakubo and her collection with Comme des Garcon and Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis collection to further examine the visual construction of fashion and how clothing can modify the human body.
The archaic idea the clothing must be functional stems from the point I have mentioned…
desire. American societies often value the role of males more than that of females. The productive works that males typically do are more acknowledged then the reproductive works that females do. For example, a woman can clean a toilet every day with it going unnoticed. When a male fixes a broken toilet he is praised. The idea that females are obligated to do reproductive work, and males are obligated to do productive work, are the primary gender roles that society influences.
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judged on their appearance and the way they are dressed. Based on my experience, with the influence and power of mass media, socialization and interaction within our society, as well as our history of Western culture, it has affected our society and myself to make negative judgements of my physical characteristics of my body as well as the way I dress. Some judgements that would be made negatively on me by society and myself is my unibrow and the worn out Nike sneakers I wear regularly to school…
Equality beings to realize how unusual he is from his brothers. Equality comes to an important realization that he is different from his brothers, the physical capability that he holds within himself, and the independence he gained from escaping his society.
When Equality was in the Home of the Students, his Teachers and himself always knew he was different from everyone else. For instance, Equality points out that he was under a curse ever since he was born. “We were born with a curse. It has always…
The Media and my Body
Tutorial number: 08
Date: October 20, 2014
2014-2015 KINE1000 6.0 Socio-cultural Perspectives in Kinesiology York University
The Media and my Body
Throughout my life I have always been judged based on my race, the way in which I dress and the way my body appears to be. Through personal experience, it has become apparent to me that the media plays a central role in creating the social construct…
One of the things that I really enjoy is working out and being healthy. My reasons for this hit close to home. My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson disease and Alzheimer’s. These are diseases that affect the brain and body. These really did a number to his body and he was also constantly ill. I believe that by eating healthy and exercising my mind and body that I can avoid these awful Diseases or at the very least be able to hold them at bay as long as possible. This falls under the category of Health…
Depiction of Body Images By Different Walks Of Life
The way body images have been visualized by individuals has changed over the years. Numerous media outlets, which include reality shows such as figure skating competitions, tend to show the ideal body image of a female as a slender and tall individual that lacks flaws. While the media outlets portray women whom are models or figure skaters as a size 2 or 4 the reality is that the average woman wears a size 9 or 12 (Wakewich 2000). I think the…
become a normal individual in society, but unfortunately, his trauma prevented him from achieving his goal. In Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle’s decayed social life and failure to adapt to society displays the impact of how war veterans struggle adapting to society.
Travis struggled coping with society after his efforts in the war, which severely impacted his life. He realized what he missed out on while he was in combat and has an urge to reclaim what he lost. “All my life needed was a sense of someplace…