Friday, 4 November 2011

An object of beauty

“Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object – and most particularly an object of vision: a sight”. (Berger (1972) emphasis in original pp.47).
(Barbie and Ken - an example of the woman as an object of beauty).

The issue of how women judge and compare themselves to other women has been an interest of mine for a long time - most likely because I am a woman and thus it is important to me but secondly because I think the emphasis on beauty and having to look a certain to way has started to borderline on obsession. 

With any obsession comes danger and I am interested to see if the way the female body is depicted in both male and female magazines influences womens behavior - mainly regarding provocative clothing and eating disorders.
I am aware that provocative clothing and eating disorders are two very different things but at the same time I feel they can probably both be traced back to the sexualisation of women through the media and it would appear that nowadays being both thin and barely clothed are of upmost importance in being perceived as someone of power and status. I feel this poses great danger to the minds of younger generations.
I was first introduced to this danger by Jo Frost and her work with the Bailey report. The Bailey Report is an independent report which was carried out over six months into the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. Research into the effects the media had on the above played a big part in the report.

I feel my ideas are still a little bit scattered so if anyone has any suggestions for me please don't hold back. They will be appreciated.

I am going to end this blog post with an example of another blog which I feel really highlights one of the issues that I am trying to get at but I warn the content is rather unsettling - Delicately Dissapearing.

(Examples of both sexualisation and body image obsession).

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