There's no denying that our media and culture are obsessed with women's looks. Magazines have weekly features with names like "body watch" that criticize female celebrities for being too heavy or too thin. TV and movie stars showcase unrealistic body types that most girls can't copy without hurting themselves. Ads tell girls that, with the right beauty products, they can get their hair or makeup just right.
The advent of social media means that girls aren't just passive consumers of the media's messages. They're creating and sharing images of their own. All over the Web, you can find "selfies": photos girls take of themselves in provocative poses. Whether on YouTube or Facebook, girls now feel more pressure to be "camera-ready" -- as if to say that the only way to be valued is to appear sexy.
And all this pressure to live up to such narrow beauty standards has contributed to a growing number of online communities dedicated to promoting unhealthy behavior. It's not just teens who are affected; young girls are becoming more body conscious, too. —Common Sense Media
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