Adolescent Female Magazines and the Beauty Stereotype
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This paper discusses the stereotypes created by the way women are portrayed in adolescent female magazines. The paper provides examples of how popular teen magazines consistently promote certain ideals of fashion, beauty, and societal roles for females in order to objectify and exploit teenage girls' sexuality. The paper explains the role of capitalism in encouraging the subservience of teenagers and women by promoting extreme sexual body images. The paper asserts that problems like eating disorders among young girls must be studied in the context of what young people are seeing in magazine ads.
From the Paper:"Today, magazine advertisements in adolescent female magazines are targeting young girls and trying to trap them in the same "beauty stereotype" that women's magazines have done to older women. Empirical realities suggest that young teenage girls are significantly influenced by teenage magazine ads. Their experience mirrors the predicament of older women who have been shaped by magazine ads for years.
"In our culture, females are bombarded with media images throughout childhood and adolescence. Emphasis on physical appearance and body type are prevalent even in children's television commercials. More than anything else, of course, popular teen magazines heavily emphasize fashion, beauty, and stereotypical female roles. It is this problem that distorts young girls' view of themselves. (Evans et al., 1991) It leads to body image dissatisfaction and preferences for a slender (or much slimmer) body. A teenage magazine such as "Seventeen," for instance, has played a profound role in socializing young girls in all of these contexts. The advertisements and story themes in "Seventeen" suggest certain prescribed social roles and body image ideals. (Pierce, K. 1990)"
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