Advertisements Affect in Teenage Girls

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Month: November, 2013

My Topic and Writing Process

During this semester I was not sure at first what I wanted to write about through the course. As I was getting closer to choose the final topic for the due date I finally decided that I was certain that I was going to talk about advertisements influence in teenage girl’s body.  The reason I came to a concussion with that topic was because of my excitement when I would talk about that specific issue with other people and I was interested in finding actual sources and additional information to this issue.

Through being close to done with this assignment, I believe that I chose an ideal topic for me since I was excited all along and I was able to voice my opinion but backing them up with facts. What I was concern of in the topic was losing focus because I wanted to say so many things, but at the same time I was not able to get credible support, and not enough statistics made around this topic. The information I found I was able to work with it and have a stronger paper where it was more credible. Through the research I was just concern that although there was a lot of information, the one that attracted my attention was a web source or not credible enough. Overall I had a lot of fun working on my topic and learning new things that expert have worked on with figuring out the negative effect advertisements have on women.


Not Enough Prevention on Advertisements


Through my research on the negative affect media has on adolescent girls I came to the conclusion that there is a lot of information, but not enough prevention from allowing advertisements have a toll on females. What the media is affecting teenage girls is by their constant focus on women’s body image, but the public does not notice this issue, because we have become prone to the images and just believe that they are the ideal.

The reason to why I focus on teenage girls is because as I was growing up I thought that being average weight was overweight, but I was wrong.  Teenage girls do not like to be set apart in any group, never less to be identified as the “chubby” or “fat girl” of the class; and for many cases these girls are not even close to being overweight, but we have become susceptible to the images of skinny being ideal. Through my research I found an article of a store in Sweden who had average size mannequins, size 14-16, and mothers were angry because they argued that it was presenting obesity to be fine for their children. This is just one of the many examples that were found, but it shows how we are just use to seeing ideal images of skinny and when we see the average we believe that it is over weight. Hopefully teenage girls do not feel the pressure of losing weight to fit what is “accepted”, but instead allow their body to develop as it should.


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Advertisements Negative Impact on Teenage Girls



Through my blogs I have been focusing in the way advertisements have been a negative impact on teenage girls, and by research I have come across information I did not think about in the beginning of my research that it would influence and affect teenage girls. Advertisements show ideal images of women being flawless and excessively thin, and focusing in women puts pressure on teenage girls to believe that they must look like the image po

rtrayed as growing up to fit into society.

Teenage girls have constant reminders of what it is to fit in, and feel as if they have fail if they do not fit the ideal image. For many, advertisements are constant reminders of what it is to be beautiful, flawless, and skinny; but the risk many teenage girls take to look that certain way is affecting this population. Teenage girls tend to diet by not eating to not “gain weight” and when fail to lose weight, their self-esteem is brought down because many believe that excessive weigh is not beautiful since it does not fit the ideal image.

Teenage girls are a vulnerable population, since they are developing physically and mentally, but feel as if they fail when seen apart in society. Teenage girls should not feel as if they are different or ugly because they do not fit the ideal image of an advertisement mode, but instead understand how to love their body, and not change it to fit in to what is probably not reality.

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Why are Advertisements an Issue for Teenagers? And why does it Matter Now?


Advertisements have been used for many years to advertise product or message, but the message that is being gained from teenage girls is affecting the way they see and feel about their body image. Teenagers are more exposed to the media now than before and they see images of model women leading them to feel a need to imitate the image they are exposed to. The negative effects advertisements have in teenage girls is lowering their self-esteem and risking their health by over dieting to achieve what they believe to be ideal image.

Teenage girls who do not achieve the image of what is considered beauty tend to have a lower self-esteem. There is a large amount of teenagers who do not like to apart from society, and by not fitting physically can lead to interpretation and not setting limits of achievement of the goal, which can lead to over dieting. By over dieting or binge eating to look as a model is a risk since most likely the models themselves do not look as they are displayed since images are modified to looking better. Modified images lead to a feeling of failure, which teenage girls feel as if they have not achieved the image portrayed.

I believe that since the media is used more often by teenagers overall, everyone should consider this issue since it can affect mentally and physically. A particular audience who should care are teenage girls since they must understand that every body is different and that they should not try and imitate an image that is modified, but rather love their body for how it is.


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What I am Determined to Change

Through this semester I have focused on the topic of advertisement negative affect on teenage girls. What I mean by negative effect is the way the media has a constant focus in the way women’s image “should look like” or “ideal image”, which later has an influence in teenagers self-esteem and the way they achieve to look like.

What am I determined to do for this specific issue is try and make a movement of information for the teenage audience. To inform I plan o begin pamphlets with statistics which I have found, and information where they can assess help if they believe they or someone they know are being affected by advertisements women models. How I plan to begin this is by beginning distribution outside of a high school and get their attention, since they are my primary focus. Another plan I have for this issue is to try and get an inspirational speaker with this topic who is Jean Kilbourn. Getting Jean Kilbourn to do a speech in this area will show how much need of attention for this particular issue is needed. I believe that Jean Kilbourn will be inspirational since she is a professional with advertisement issues, which she is the ideal person to inform the teenage audience.

I hope to distribute this information by the beginning of next year, and hopefully get people to help and inform others to realize how advertisements have an influence in our feeling of our appearance overall, but most in teenage girls.

Teen Pregnancy in Salinas

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I live in Salinas CA, a small town which is surrounded by agricultural fields. A big problem that has been occurring for many years is teen pregnancy, which more awareness should be occurring.  

My mother got pregnant of my brother when she was only 13 years old, here in Salinas, which she says that there used to be day care help for mothers who were still attending high school. When she was about 15 years old the day care program in campus closed, because the teenagers were having more children, and there was not enough funding, which lead majority of the mothers to drop out of high school.

Now there are programs like Planned Parenthood, Sunrise House, and Postpone to raise awareness in this area. But why is it still a problem? Teenagers know about these prevention programs, but majority of them are concern of confidentiality and overall to receive help. I interviewed a teenager who is now pregnant, and asked if any services were offered before she began having sex, but her response was that “my parents never talked to me about sex, or would not want me to ask about it either”. The fault was not because the parents were not open minded, but because they were not open to the subject, and not  educated enough to educate and speak to their child about the consequences and never less the programs they could use.

Therefore, I believe that programs should not just be open to the children, because majority are not aware of the consequences, but rather educate the parents to be open about the talk of sex to their children and to provide them the services. These teen parents are children themselves trying to grow up to be parents, prevention should be taken from home. 

Advertisements Constant Focus on Women’s Image

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I have been researching on the way advertisements have been affecting teenagers by the way they see their bodies, leading the urge to fit into society. Within the research I was able to find more on the affects advertisements have had within teenagers, even the affects that I had not even thought of happening. Researching the issue brought to me the constant focus on women’s image within the media, which opened my eyes on the realistic cause of why teenagers are affected by women’s advertisements.

Medias’ constant focus on women looking ideal as beauty, flawless, and skinny is the affect in which teenagers are looking upon now more than ever. Teenagers are vulnerable in images and researching this issue gave me an input on a survey of teenagers in a school of San Francisco which 80% of girls claimed to be in diet to look good when in reality they were not all overweight. This showed how only images can create an impact on the way teenagers become self-conscious with images seem every day of ideal women.

I have been enjoying this topic for the cause in which not a lot of people are concern of this issue, but yet the effects have been seen and tested, but yet there is not much done about it. Further on in my paper I will speak about my proposed solutions to stop the constant focus in women’s image.