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Advertising, Body Image and
Your Daughter’s Self Esteem

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As women and role models for our daughters, we need to teach them about the powerful influence of the media. A girl’s body image and how attractive or worthy she feels is often influenced by advertising, television and fashion magazines. The popular culture gives girls contradictory messages about what it means to be a woman in today’s world. Very early, girls feel the pressure of growing up in a looks-obsessed, media-saturated culture. They have been “taught” by the media to equate their worth with “attractiveness”, and/or thinness. The challenges become heightened for minority girls who seldom see strong, positive role models highlighted in the media. This workshop will heighten awareness of the pervasive, cumulative effect of advertising on women and young girls. It may help you talk with your daughter about these important issues. Two documentaries will be shown: one which addresses the topic of media literacy and includes stories from teens and interviews with well known politicians, journalists and academics; the other describes how advertising perpetuates distorted and destructive ideals of femininity.


An idea that matters:
Advertising, television and fashion magazines are not only promoters of the cultural ideals, but often in the absence of other sources of information, the entertainment and advertising media become our teacher of what a normal and healthy woman’s body should look like.
Women and Self Esteem