Let’s get all of the photos off the devices.
Quick Read & Discussion on First Amendment Issues and Social Media
Follow up article from our discussion on book bans and the first amendment last week.
Reflection: Field Trip to WTE
On your blog, please list 5 new or interesting things that you learned about newspapers, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, or even interesting facts about your peers on the ride to Cheyenne and back . We will go around the room and share our top 5s when we’re done.
Group 3 (Valerie, Kaylee, and Sean): Review of responsibilities.
Group 3: Tues. June 16 to Fri. June 19
- Valerie Barajas
- Kaylee Williams
- Garrett Phillips
- Alum Workshops
- Campus Life
- Talk by Nina
- Lip Sync Battle
— Group 3 Interviews of Classmates about HSI Experience —
Activity: Magazine Analysis of Body Image
- In your magazine that you’re given, find 10 photos that communicate body image messages.
- Discuss what messages each photo is sending.
- On a sticky note, write the message that each photo is conveying about body image.
- Discuss as a class
Class Discussion: Media & Body Image
Females, Media, and Body Image
Take a look at these magazines.
The average female is 5’4 and 165 lbs, yet the average female model is 5’10 and 120 lbs.
But, this ideal female body image has not been stable throughout history. Here is a look at how female body image has evolved.
In nearly all cases, Photoshop or another photo editing program has been used to change models’ appearances.
Males, Media, and Body Image
The average male is 5’9 and 195 lbs, yet the average male model is at least 6’0 and weighs about 175 lbs.
Body image problems with the media are not confined to females.
While male “ideal” bodies differ around the world, there is still pressure to conform to some ideal.
Why does media perpetuate these body image ideals?
Advertisements and media imagery play on our insecurities to make money. Magazine, TV, and billboard images create a false idea of what we should look like, and this false advertising can make people feel bad if they don’t look like that. Thus, they hope to sell their products and *make money*.
Blog Post on Media and Body Image
What are your thoughts? Please write a blog post that discusses these questions:
- Describe some examples of media images that are problematic for girls/women and boys/men. What does the media “say” girls/women and boys/men should look like?
- To what extent are unrepresentative media images a problem for society? How so?
- Is it realistic for everyone to achieve the looks of models and celebrities in the media?
- Imagine if everyone was the same as the ideal body image perpetuated in the media. What would that mean for our society?
- How do media images affect children, teens, women, and men?
- Is there really an ideal body image for males and females? Why do you think that?
- Have you or your friends ever been affected by media images? How so?
- List three things the media can do to change the promotion of an ideal body image.
- List three things that you can do to promote acceptance and appreciation of unique qualities in others.
Creating a Healthy Body Image
People differ in a wide variety of ways (e.g., eye color, weight, height, skin color, hair, likes/dislikes, abilities, interests).
Some things we can change through effort (e.g., studying, practicing), and some things we can’t change even if we want to (e.g., height, skin color).
Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses as well.
Let’s take a look at some critical views about media and body image. Advice for girls. Advice for boys.
Take home points:
Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses.
We are all different in terms of our physical appearance, which makes us unique.
Each of us should focus on staying healthy, being the best we can be, and showing respect for others and their abilities.
There is no ideal body image. Everyone should strive to be physically, emotionally, and socially “fit” and happy.
With maturity comes the capacity to think about how our actions toward others make them feel.
And as we learn to think for ourselves, we are better able to cope with how we perceive that others view us.