Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I'm Taking You Down Media!

1)Parents in countries such as China and India sometimes use sex determination tests to find out if their fetus is a girl. Of 8,000 fetuses aborted at Bombay clinic, 7,999 were female!

2)Gender based violence kills one in three women across the world, and is the biggest cause of injury and death to women worldwide, causing more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accident, and war!

3)Girls who survive rape are under the age of 12.

Discussion About the Topic
These three facts are just a tiny portion of what I learned today in class, and are the things that broke my heart the moment I read them. I can't believe that there are people in this world that do not have a heart. It is something so shocking and disturbing to hear or read. These things make me want to take quick action and do something about the situation. It is so hurtful to hear that mother would abort their living and innocent child just because they find out that it will be a female! It also impacts me how many young girls get raped at such a young age barely survive! I can't believe we live in an environment where only a small number of people are actually doing something to stop this abuse. Learning about this triggered in me a motivation to help out and do something about what is going around our community, friends, family,  and school. I want to take action now!
Kisa and Sopgia Setting Up Our Film

Another subject that really stood out for me was of how media is hurting many young teens emotionally and psychologically. Through media many girls are seeking to become the perfect and ideal woman that media portrays through magazines and movies. What they don't know is that, that ideal woman doesn't exist. This hurts many teens because they try to become someone they cant because she doesn't exist and as they try to achieve this goal they go through depression because they find no answers or results that they expect. This then leads to emotional trauma, low self-esteem, physical harm to themselves, and sometimes even worse, suicide!

Not only are teen aged girl affected by the media but also men, because they have high expectations from a girl. they expect girls to have the face of a super model, the waist of stick, their bottoms to be big as well as their breasts. Because of media men don't ever see a a girls real inner beauty. Their expectations of women lead them to never really see or know what true beauty actually is.

As a young girl I want to be just like Julia Bluhm, a girl who asked Seventeen Magazine portray what real teenagers look like and although she wasn't able to convince Seventeen Magazine to do it she left with the satisfaction that many people also wanted to help her out and agreed to what she thought about media portraying fake women. I want to take a stand for all those girls who think they are not beautiful, because media tells them they are not. I want to let them know that media should not affect them at all because everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. You don't have to be a super fake model to be accepted into society, this is only what media is trying to convince you to think, and I say ENOUGH WITH MEDIA! Don't let them get  to you and change the beautiful person that you are,. don't let them influence the decisions you make in life and especially don't let them be a threat to your life.

Media I'm taking you down one voice at a time!

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