GENDER and society's influence on adolescent females (Do it #like a…
and society's influence on adolescent females
Photographer Sally Mann
"The young women in Mann's unflinching, large-format photographs, however, are not victims. They return the viewer's gaze with a disturbing equanimity. "
the strong gazes highlight the young female's strength even in the face of their situations which may be less than positive
At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women
Sally Mann's portraits all portray the strength of adolescent females juxtaposed against struggles they often face. The images appear to have sinister messages (destitution, abuse, unwanted pregnancy); however, Mann leaves a lot of the interpretation up to the viewer.
"These girls still exist in an innocent world in which a pose is only a pose-- what adults make of that pose may be the issue."
Do it #like a girl
Individuals past the age of puberty had a stronger stigma of what the term "like a girl" means. However, pre-adolescent girls took pride in being able to run, throw, etc, like a girl and demonstrated strength in their responses.
Using the phrase "like a girl" is common practice in society and often comes with negative connotations.It can have a huge impact of a girls self-confidence especially during adolescence.
"Between the ages of 8 and 11 years, girls tend to be androgynous. They view themselves as strong and confident and are not afraid to say what they think"
movements supporting women's achievements in sports which is often considered "the man's world"
"However, as they [adolescent girls] cross over into adolescence, girls begin to experience pressure toward more rigid conceptions of gender roles; they become more concerned with how women are ``supposed to behave'' and with their physical and sexual attractiveness." "
to be sexy is to be dominated by males
Unattainable standard of beauty perfection
what is considered "beautiful" is always changing but the main message seems to always be that women are not allowed to be happy with the body they have.
highly sexist advertising informing women that that need to fulfill what a man "wants." To be desirable = to be wanted by men
"every princess has an unnaturally small waist, large breasts, fair skin, exaggerated eyes and batting eyelashes"
Disney princesses are portrayed by society as the "ideal" woman....kind, caring, innocent and naturally beautiful. These positive character qualities are connected to beauty as if to say you can't have one without the other
"early exposure to dolls epitomizing an unrealistically thin body ideal may damage girls’ body image, which would contribute to an increased risk of disordered eating and weight cycling.
What about me?
the images in the mass media today are constantly trying to tell me how to look and who to be
"Hollywood pattern of “straightening out” it’s leading ladies merely a reflection of trend and innocent, or is there a deeper, darker side to this choice"
"Straight hair reflects more shine than curly hair, feels more groomed, and can be slimming," says Kérestase celebrity colorist and stylist Ashley Javier, adding that in the workplace, women with straight hair are often perceived as being more serious than those with curls."
my curly "big" hair used to be something I thought was undesirable because in media the most common images of beauty I saw were of women with long incredibly straight hair.
All of my friends had straight long hair and would starighten their hair everyday and be upset if it was ever out of place or "frizzy"
In today's culture the prevalence of photoshop presents unrealistic body images. These images are abundant in media and create an idea of "female" perfection that young girls feel like they have to have in order to be desirable.
Body Positivity Movements
re-defining the way society characterizes beauty
In today's media driven society body positivity campaigns are important because young girls are constantly exposed to sources attempting to define "fake" beauty
These movements are all reactions against "fake" beauty campaigns and help empower women to be strong and feel powerful in their own skin...no matter the size or appearance
The "Perfect" Body
Victoria Secret "The Perfect Body" campaign that depicted below average sized women, photoshopped to perfection
"there are tons of negative connotations associated with “fat,” and many more positive connotations with “skinny.” Being fat is not a bad thing. But in the thesaurus, a synonym for fat is “gross.”
"watch your weight" "you have such a big appetite" "you're eating like a rabbit" "you need to put some meat on those bones"
the words people use in the context of weight and body image are powerful and have great influence on our perceptions and connection to the way we perceive beauty