This is my power point teach back project on Body Image.
- 1. Todays media shows women as sex objects. We see models in a size double zero and menexpect us to look like that too! Recent studies have shown that thin womenearn more on average-about $16,000 a yearmore, in one study-than their average sizecounterparts. The Boston Womens HealthBook Collective. Another study found that 57 percent of hiringmanagers agreed that qualified but unattractivecandidates are likely to have a harder time landinga job, and 61 percent of managers (most of thembeing men) said it would be an advantage for awoman to wear clothing showing off her figure atwork. The Boston Womens Health BookCollective. Most photographs we see of models areextremely air brushed and photo shopped to lookperfect.
2. Our culture has a white ideal mentality. African American women have been bleachingtheir skin and straightening their hair since the1850s Skin bleaching creams are widely available forAfrican American women. These products lightentheir complexion, but they use harmful productssuch as mercury, that block melanin to give theskin pigmentation. Women of color often use hair extensions, wigs,or hair relaxers to achieve a more idealappearance. Many of the products can contain significantamounts of carcinogens and allergens such asformaldehyde. The choice for many of us to gonatural would seem to present a simple solution,but it is a testimony to the embedded whitebeauty ideals that the choice is fraught withanxiety. The Boston Womens Health BookCollective. 3. Worldwide sales of fragrances, cosmetics, andtoiletries have reached $330 billion per year, withthe ten biggest companies accounting for more thanhalf of all sales. Boston Womens Health BookCollective. Commercials on TV are constantly showing us howto make our eyelashes longer, our hair shinier, ourlips fuller, our skin clearer, and more. The majority of beauty products are marketedtowards women. The pursuit of beauty is often fraught with healthand safety risks some that are known and othersthat were still discovering. When blood and urinesamples from twenty teenage girls from across thecountry were tested, they found carcinogens likeformaldehyde and neurotoxins like lead are oftenfound in trace amounts in cosmetics and personalcare items.- Boston Womens Health BookCollective. 4. Indoor tanning as become extremely popular,but puts our bodies at a high risk for skincancer. A recent study of college students found thatamong those who had repeatedly usedtanning beds, approximately one-third metan addiction standard, meaning theyexhibited dependency the same way othersare dependent on alcohol and drugs. TheBoston Womens Health Book Collective. Going tanning on a regular basis slowlydamages our skin over time, in older age skinwill become leathery, wrinkly, and spotty. Thepicture you see of the womans face is whatmelanoma skin cancer can look like. 5. In 2010 alone there were more than 13million cosmetic surgeries performed inthe United States Of the more than 1.5 million surgicalprocedures considered more invasive,breast augmentation (296,000) toppedthe list, followed by nose reshaping(252,000), eyelid surgery (209,000),liposuction (203,000), and tummy tucks(116,000). The Boston WomensHealth Book Collective. It doesnt matter if your not rich andfamous, even middle class women aregetting plastic surgery. Black marketsurgeons perform cheap surgerys forwomen that cant afford to go to theHollywood doctors. These procedurescan be high risk for infection and otherproblems. 6. -The picture below is from a Dove 41 percent of the US women are largerthan a size 14, and only 10% of retailers advertisement. It is one of few adcater to them.campaigns that show beautiful The average American woman weighs powerful women of all165lbs. shapes, colors, and sizes. Womens body parts such as the breastsare made up of fat. We as women needmore body fat than men so that we cancarry a child. Diet foods are extremely expensive, notall of us can afford to eat that way,therefore the processed food companiestake advantage of that and reduce priceson less healthy foods. When we are counting calories, overexercising in rote, uninspired ways,and/or spending so much mental energyon self-criticism, we forget what weused to enjoy doing, such as spendingtime with friends or pursuing ourpassions. The Boston Womens HealthBook Collective.