Youth And The Media: The Harmful Relationship Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Youth And The Media: The Harmful Relationship
This paper discusses the dangerous effects provocative advertisements have on today's youth and focuses on a specific advertising campaign featuring Christina Aguilera in provocative poses.
# 128035 | 1,093 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 25, 2010 in Advertising (Gender Issues) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper discusses the relationship between the media and the development of the young adult, specifically young women. The paper focuses on a series of ads for gym shoes that feature Christina Aguilera in provocative poses. The essay argues that advertisements like this one teach harmful lessons to today's youth, specifically that there is one type of beauty, and that women are primarily sexual beings. Further, the essay argues that it is ads like this that have caused negative body images among today's youth as well as caused poor spending habits as youth strive to emulate celebrity endorsers.

From the Paper:

"The use of Aguilera in these images solidifies a stereotype that has long played a role in the male sexual fantasy--the tall, skinny, blond. Although advocacy groups have long attempted to debunk this particular image as the one of all men's desire and the only acceptable for women who want to believe themselves to be beautiful and sexy. The continued use of this stereotype to suggest sexiness, desirability, and beauty has many serious social and political connotations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Beauty and Body Image in the Media." 2008. Media Awareness Network. 20 October 2008. Media Awareness Network. <>
  • Kid, Shibuya. "More Sizzling Christina Aguilera Ads on the Way! Sketchers Campaign Shows Off Sexed-Up Xtina." 30 July 2004. AIR Massive. 20 October 2008. Air Massive.
  • Paddock, Catherine. "Sexualizaton of Girls in the Media is Harmful." 21 February 2007. Medical News Today. 2o October 2008. MediaLexicon International. <>
  • "Youth and Money." 2008. Cooperative Extension. 20 October 2008. University of New Hampshire.

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