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A Thin Ideal

             Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the eyes of society, women like Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera are pictures of perfection. Everyone wants to look like them. Unfortunately, many want to be just like them. Every year, millions of people make a turn onto that one-way road, pass the no-exit sign, and embark on a journey sure to lead to disaster. Women, particularly young and vulnerable girls, are hurting themselves trying to attain the unhealthy, unrealistic, and unsafe self-image portrayed by their role models. Who's to blame for this? The media. .
             The media presents society with unrealistic body types promoting people, especially women, to look like them. From the magazine racks in the local store overflowing with magazines highlighting beautiful women, to the TV commercials featuring tall, thin women promoting a certain product, the media is everywhere one looks, portraying images of unhealthy body types for girls to look up to. .
             "I wake up to the radio, eat breakfast to the TV, drive to school to the radio, use computers for schoolwork, and read magazines and watch TV before bed " the media is always there. I definitely think that the media affects high school culture. For example, what people wear and how people want to look. And it especially influences girls our age " people definitely want to look like the models that they see, whether it's wanting to wear the same clothes or wanting to be 5'10" and 100 lbs." .
             - Stephanie Kerrigan Grade 12.
             Because flawless images appear so often in daily life, it is hard to remember they're not real and often, many girls don't. They constantly compare themselves to these images and feel the only way they can live life to its fullest is to look like these people. To make matters worse, nowadays we see divas dressing a little too little. We see them with their bare midriffs and see-through clothing, giving their fans the impression that it's okay to dress this way "because Britney and Christina do-.

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