I wanna be Just like “Her”

April 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

     I attended the Miss Representation showing and it brought a few thoughts to my head, and also showed advertising in a new light. It made me think twice about some of my actions, and also second guess some of my standards. I found it to be very informative and eye opening. 

     People learn more from media than any other representation, this is a proven fact. Media is everywhere and is always telling us what’s the right way, or wrong way to do things. As a child, we all grew up watching TV shows and cartoons with the one pretty girl or group of friends who everyone wanted to be friends with or fall in love with. As a young girl we all committed the crime of saying “I wanna be just like her when I grow up” or “I wish I was her.” The manipulation of the media on the minds of young girls starts at such a young age; it starts with your Barbie doll: small waist, long hair, and thin figure—soon to be your complete dream. Girls get the message that looks and beauty are valued way more than anything else.

            As I grew up, I always was into the latest fads, watching to see the in hairstyles and clothing. I watched these superstars and celebrities live these lifestyles I dreamed of. Watching through the TV was just the beginning of what would become a journey of trying to keep up with a lifestyle that I did not have.

      In the Miss Representation film watching, the movie was about a woman who was preparing to bring her daughter into a world where society brutally dictated the self-esteem and standards of most young women. She was afraid for her daughter and how society’s pressures would affect her. She told of her story growing up, and how once she reached high school, she began to notice how more important beauty was than education and sports. She tried to live out the life of the pageant girl, cheerleader, and all around popular girl. Then it began to overwhelm and consume her; she was always striving for this perfection she could not achieve.

        Ads portray woman as these beautiful creatures through these unattainable images. They show the symmetric, perfect hair, and most beautiful smiles. Advertisements give girls this false sense of hope that maybe one day they can look like these girls. It leads to insecurities and shows young girls their flaws to another extent. They try to tell them that how they are made isn’t good enough, and they need to strive to look like “her.” “She” is the way you need to look in order to be accepted and “beautiful.” This leads to many self-esteem issues and self-objectification. Young girls have to deal with so much already by just growing up as a girl, but social pressures make it even harder. They create a battle amongst women for who can be the “prettiest of them all.” Women are a lot harder on each other than their male counterpart. They have a hard time empowering each other and creating unity. I feel that this is half the problem on why women have not succeeded as much as we should in society. We need to learn to first accept our selves, and then to also help accept each other.

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