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Old 08-14-2012, 04:07 PM
Location: Up in the air
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Again, I don't read fashion magazines and rarely watch tv.

My moment came when a girl I thought I was friends with told a boy I liked him, he came up to me and ranted on me for 5 minutes while standing in line after recess about how fat and ugly I was. That had NOTHING to do with the media. As an adult, I look back at that and wonder why I took it to heart because I'm an ADULT. Back then, I was a child with no experience and a severe lack of knowledge about relationships. You can't judge a childs situation with an adult point of view which is why body image is such a big deal to young girls.

I couldn't give two craps about what the media says (though they do objectify women) most of my 'image' issues come from people telling me I'm unattractive, or denying me a promotion/raise because of my looks. I do, however, have a problem with the rampant photoshopping that literally gives young girls an unrealistic body image because those bodies aren't real.
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:36 PM
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You've never heard of peer pressure?
Teens are quite impressionable, go through many changes in those years, mostly awkward.... and you wonder why they feel pressure from the media?
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:39 PM
Location: US
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I think it's both ways..often the extremes

Thin people think they're still fat

Many overweight and obese people think they are "fine" and actually "curvy"


I don't think the media is the culprit but more of a symptom. I think the real culprit is the hyper-competitiveness among Americans in areas where competition is not really necessary. Why do American women feel the NEED to compare themselves to still, photoshopped images? Rather than just appreciating, why do they feel threatened by an inanimate object or the girl they see on the street that they barely know?
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