The source talks about how the media can cause damage to our vulnerable and malleable self-esteem. As you can see the picture, the woman portrays "the barbie figure" as beauty in her eyes which is very wrong since we're supposed to be able to separate the realities from the fictional parts of the media. This is because if we allow the media to dominate our lives, we can damage our vulnerable and malleable self esteem. The source also illustrates that advertisers focus on what affects us most-body image and try to pressurize to buy their product basing on what they think you will want to see. We have a choice on whether to believe the messages that we get from the media or we can filter them so as to shield our self-esteem and body image. Therefore we can see that media does have a impact on our body image but I think we can impede this by protesting against advertisements that habitually negative body images, tearing pages of magazines that contain advertisements or articles that focus on thinness or vitiate people of larger sizes and always having appreciation about oneself.
The source is illustrating that it is important to be taught about different body types early on and that we shouldn't compare ourselves to others, especially what we see in the media because the image may be edited or photo shopped to portray the standard of beauty making it not naturally achievable. We can also see that most of us dodge responsibility by blaming someone else for how we feel about ourselves while we have complete control over the feelings we have about our body. The source also talks about the way women are treated differently compared to men in the media because women naturally invest in beauty products than men since they tend to be more insecure about how they look and are therefore more likely to buy the product. Therefore I think we have to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and as long as one is healthy, there is no reason not to accept and love their body and its flaws since the sooner we accept ourselves and make it work, there wouldn't be room for insecurities to fester.
The source talks about how we should stop blaming the media for every negative thought girls have about themselves instead we should start providing positive models that the media has failed to produce. We shouldn't let the media consume us and control our lives by telling us what is perfect and what's not, alternatively we should re-channel the energy we waste on obsessing over our looks to appreciate and feel better about ourselves. The source also tells us that what we feed our minds can also reflect our attitude hence we should gravitate towards positive influences that will inspire others and oneself. Therefore we can see that now is the time to get fed up with waiting for the change to magically happen and start being the change we want to see by stop holding ourselves to implausible standards that don't guarantee happiness and start valuing the beauty and body image we possess.
The source talks about how our perception of beauty is distorted through media. Most people portray the beauty or body image that we see on magazines; collar bones, narrow waist, hipbones, lean legs skinny arms and no gap as "perfect" or "ideal" hence causing dissatisfaction about oneself. The source also explains how deceitful magazines and posters of models are since it is filled with images of unrealistic ideas of beauty because if the models can't obtain the "perfect body" image then editors use computer software to alter and change the photos captured like airbrush the skinny models to look fatter hence when we look through magazines we don't see an average woman. Statistics also show that 90% of the women are unhappy and don't appreciate their body and strive for a "barbie figure" that causes them to practice unhealthy behaviors thus resulting to eating disorders like Bulimia or Anorexia. Therefore we can see that the media plays a major role in affecting body image among people especially women causing them to have insecurities and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape.