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does the media put to much emphasis on young girls to be thin?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/21/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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oliviahutchens

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i think that the media puts way to much pressure on young girls feel thin or not accept their body, so much plastic surgery is readily available. Popular dolls that young girls play with encourage a thin body. Putting these thoughts into girls heads about being beautiful, will later develop into self hating thoughts and ultimately eating disorders.
Stonewall

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Thank you for the opportunity to debate this topic.

I actually have the opposite opinion. Today's media is almost entirely focused on making everyone feel as though they are beautiful just the way they are.

"...so much plastic surgery is readily available."

On the contrary, plastic surgery is not easily available, especially for minors. First of all, teenagers need to be able to show maturity and comprehension of the surgery's potential affects. Second, parents have to also show consent for the surgery. Less than ten percent of plastic surgeries are for people under 20, and typically only for minor surgeries. Breast augmentation only happens in this age range about three percent of the time, and only for realignment (implants are only available at 22 for simply cosmetic purposes). (1)

"Popular dolls that young girls play with encourage a thin body."

First of all, on Toys R Us' website, there is only one doll shown in its top 50 best-sellers, showing that they don't have that much of an effect. (2) Second, there's no way to prove that dolls "encourage" skinniness. This argument, in fact, has two sides. If dolls were shown as larger and more "realistic", would that encourage girls to grow up to be of average American weight? If so, this can be argued as being detrimental to girls' health. Either way, the argument is not for dolls "encouraging" skinniness.

"Putting these thoughts into girls heads about being beautiful, will later develop into self hating thoughts and ultimately eating disorders."

Well, that escalated quickly. Do you have any evidence for this slippery slope? Are there any reliable statistics on this? Maybe being a little skinny is preferable to being overweight. In a world where McDonald's are on every street corner, it's no surprise that obesity in children is at an all-time high. (3) Maybe there's more to increasing eating disorder rates than we care to admit- maybe it's because children don't want to be overweight and unhealthy?
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Furthermore, our society is pushing being comfortable with yourself than it ever has before. One example is Lady Gaga- she released an album called Born this Way, and most of the songs deal with accepting yourself. Adele is an overweight singer who encourages the same ideas and seeing being healthy as being beautiful. Even actors and actresses are pushing the "be comfortable" over "be skinny". For females, there's Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy. For males, there's actors like Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Kevin James. These are all overweight actors and actresses who are not ashamed of themselves. TV shows like "Modern Family", "Super Fun Night", "Ugly Betty", and "Mike and Molly" have these same sort of "Be yourself" values. Our society's not pushing skinniness. If anything, it's pushing for being larger (which isn't necessarily better), or at least just average.

1. http://www.plasticsurgery.org...

2. http://www.toysrus.com...

3. http://www.cdc.gov...
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Can we start deleting people off this site who actively forfeit?
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I hate that these debates take forever to just go away.
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Posted by themohawkninja 3 years ago
themohawkninja
Also, what is the age range for a "young girl"?
Posted by themohawkninja 3 years ago
themohawkninja
Can "too much emphasis" be interpreted as "unequal emphasis"? "Too much" is a bit subjective.
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Vote Placed by Ameliamk1 3 years ago
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