How Society Has Been Constructed Against Its Reality
Media vs. Reality
Today, society is bombarded with images of so-called "perfection" through media and technology. It is also used to turn us in to unintentional consumerists. Thanks to social networking and the evolution of technology, it has become much easier to advertise products, as well as confuse humans as to what a real human is supposed to truly look like.
However, the truth is manipulated by media so we buy into their products and scams, which simply tells them that us humans are easily deceived and submissive. We believe much of what they tell us; for example, by buying this cardio-machine, we can lose 10lbs in 2 weeks, simply by using their product for 3 minutes a day! With further research, I personally found that this machine simply does not work, and even using it as a trial, you will end up spending well over $200.
Technology, like said gym equipment,was intended to help humans; for easier access, have more information at hand and to broadcast live updates. Continuing from the gym and health point of view, this "home-version gym" equipment was originally designed to help humans have easier access to a gym. Instead, media has manipulated the object to become desirable, and turn us more into consumerists than health nuts. The media industry has made an athletic, tan body a desire for humans.
Body image has become a huge part of today's culture, especially in "Gen Y" population. They see popular figures daily, especially those with high fame. They can can be seen in magazines, on television and computer. The problem with these figures is that they have been touched up and Photoshopped to get rid of the smallest of blemishes and create smoother looking skin, and even to like thinner than they really are. The truth is, even celebrities cannot be perfect. The media makes them look perfect because they have the money, and a great amount of power to do so.
Body image is a mental picture that each individual person has of themselves: of their size, and their shape. What we see is never "perfect" and are trying to live up to the expectations that we must all be thin (female) or muscly (male), tan, smooth skinned and wear designer brand clothing. However, being thin or muscly does not necessarily mean that someone is healthy; it simply shows that they are thin and have a figure. The problem is, everyone has a figure, but some are much more defined. Though someone may not look healthy, whether they look overweight or skinny, they may in fact be in a healthy weight range.
Some people think they are overweight when they are not. Here are some statistics:
- 45 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men in the healthy weight range think they are overweight.
- At least 20 per cent of women who are underweight think that they are overweight and are dieting to lose weight.
- Body image has some cultural links – for example, some research shows that Asian women, after moving to Australia, take on body image and diet habits that are not common in their own countries. (Source broken)
This extreme dieting may also be the cause of consumerism. As observed in the image above, even Barbie has some explaining to do. She has lost some midriff bulge, her thighs are curvy, her figure looks stunning and even her breasts look perkier. This is disgusting because this harmless children's toy is meant to be played with, not show how "fake and plastic" us humans should become; she represents "the ideal." Ironically, if Barbie were life-sized, her dimensions would be 36-18-38 - a woman of this stature would not even be able to live. Her neck would be two times as long, which is anatomically incorrect. By turning her into a human sized figure, even Barbie is imperfect.
Thus, we are over-exposed to the idea that our bodies and our looks must be "perfect." We see these bodies that are amazing in every way possible. But the problem is, even these bodies are not real, let alone realistic. They are edited to make them appear perfect. Photographic effects such as oil and water also add a beauty factor to such portraits. We don't want to see people covering themselves in oil and water to look beautiful. Remember, though she is a doll, even Barbie is not the perfect human.
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