The Pursuit for Thinness
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The paper discusses how the influence of media is most apparent in the enticements of commercials, both in television, the internet and in printed media. The paper argues that the role of media as a primary promoter of the idea of "thin is beautiful and good" must be scrutinized in light of other influences on the individual. The paper asserts that while it may be seem unjust to vilify mass media for distorting individual lifestyle choices including the desire to be thin, it is also equally unjustifiable to downplay the role of media in favor of more salient influences in an individual's life, notwithstanding him or herself.
From the Paper:"One need only look at ancient and modern depictions of the human physique in the visual arts to appreciate the changing cultural standards of the perfect body. In ancient times, when abundance and fertility were associated with a good life, the perfect female physique was more robust and overweight by today's standards. Similarly, men's physiques were portrayed as slender, aesthetic and balanced. By today's standards they would be lacking in muscle mass and seem weakly by comparison. The influence of media is most apparent in the enticements of commercials, both in television, the internet and in printed media. The role of media..."
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