Celebrity Culture and the Cult of Thinness
A discussion on the profound media influence on women's bodies.
# 59282 | 2,367 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Jun 15, 2005 in Communication (Mass Media) , Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Psychology (Eating Disorders) , Sociology (Media and Society) , Women Studies (General)
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The paper relays the detrimental role of the press in creating impossible images of thinness. It examines why and how celebrity culture controls the aspirations for slim body types and delves into the consumerism of America and its persuasive and pervasive role in controlling "perfection."
From the Paper:"Fat is feared. As if contagious plague within society, the disgust of fat makes many people opposed to mates, friends or family members that are overweight. Having more than a necessary amount of girth carries enormous burdens, both physical and psychological. And the media serves as the main messenger to young females; braving a world that tells them they are never good enough. "Television programs present slender women as the dominant image of popularity, success, and happiness...This skew towards slenderness distorts the actual diversity of female shapes and erases overweight women from our vision" (Nichter, 5)."
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