Body Image & Wellness

Unattainable and idealized images of women’s and girls’ bodies are visible in every aspect of advertising and mass communication. Women and girls are bombarded constantly with messages that treat them as objects of sexual fantasy and exploitation or that demean them. Popular culture promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and makes women – particularly young women – susceptible to distorted body images, low self-esteem and psychological and eating disorders. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry poses increased health risks for women, including life-long disfigurement. Researchers in our network are documenting negative messaging while encouraging a healthy representation of female beauty in which intellect, creativity and character trump thinness and physical perfection.

OBJECT and Turn Your Back on Page 3 submit evidence to the Leveson Inquiry

 The joint OBJECT / Turn Your Back on Page 3 submission provides a snapshot of „A Week In The Life Of' The Sun, The Daily Star and The Sport. It highlights the „Page 3‟ phenomenon, the adverts for the porn and sex industries, and other innumerable ways in which women – and even crimes against women, such as rape and murder – are routinely trivialised and sexualised within the UK press. It calls on the Leveson Inquiry to address this relentless portrayal of women as sex objects as part of its remit to examine the culture and ethics of the press, and it provides recommendations to tackle the hyper-sexualisation and objectification of women in UK tabloids.  

Read the OBJECT / Turn Your Back on Page 3 submission to the Leveson Inquiry

 

URL: 
http://www.object.org.uk/component/content/article/3-news/151-object-turn-your-back-on-page-3-submission-to-the-leveson-inquiry

Gender Inequality in Popular Films: Examining On Screen Portrayals and Behind-the-Scenes Employment Patterns in Motion Pictures Released between 2007-2009

A new study by USC Annenberg researchers Stacy Smith, Marc Choueitiand Stephanie Gall surveys the top 100 grossing movies of 2009 and shows Hollywood's addiction to films that marginalize and sexualize women is as strong as ever.
 
The study, "Gender Inequality in Popular Films," can be found here (PDF).
 
Perhaps most troubling were the findings about young teen characters. Professor Smith and her research team of undergraduate students found the same prevalence of sexually revealing clothing and partial nudity in female characters in all age groups from 13 to 39.
URL: 
http://annenberg.usc.edu/Faculty/Communication%20and%20Journalism/~/media/4F2F5F5CD74C43948A7D245CC421714B.ashx
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