Teenage Girl Insecurity

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This is a research and argumentative essay on teenage insecurity based mainly for girls. It's basically a Teenage Girls vs. Society type of thing.

Submitted: May 17, 2017

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As generations pass by, more and more teenage girls think beauty is only skin deep. For this reason, girls are becoming increasingly insecure. Social media needs to stop teaching girls that they need to look and at a certain way for people to accept them. Lately, there has been a controversy on how girls are supposed to be following "gender rules." This is very sexist and needs to stop. A survey done by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund called Real Girls, Real Pressure: A National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, shows a survey that 7 out of 10 girls believe their looks are not good enough to live up to the standards of school, family, or friends. This is because of social media, magazines, and surrounding others- such as parents wanting "the best"- who are trying to change what teenage girls expect of themselves and others.

Social media is a big part of a teenage girl's life. I have hardly met a teenage girl who doesn't have Instagram or SnapChat. Although social media allows us to connect to friends, family, and look at entertainment such as comedy skits, fashion videos, make up tutorials, etc., they can affect a teenage girl's mind without her even knowing it. From personal experience and evidence from "How Using Social Media Affects Teenagers," strangers, haters, or other peers judge others just by looking at one picture or post. Most comment nice things about the post, but some may say, "You're ugly" or "You're fat." These comments add to the terrible exposure to cyberbullying . Cyberbullying adds to a teenage girl's insecurities because she becomes more self-conscious and paranoid, so she starts to think badly about her image, which makes her want to change it to be accepted by others. The honest truth about that situation is that there are always going to be haters and there are always going to be people who are never going to change their opinion. 

Another reason for a girl to become insecure is her parents. "Parents? Really?" Yes, honey, parents can be a reason for insecurity. (***Disclaimer to all parents reading this*** I know you guys mean well, but just keep reading and you'll understand why. This may not apply to you, or you think it doesn't. but it most likely does.) Some parents think a child's life is not complete until they go to one of the most prestigious schools in the world or country, make a big difference in the world, become famous, or making a lot of money. (Yes, I am aware that parent just want us to be succesful, but the pressure is too much.) The amount of pressure form a girl's parents either starts or makes her insecurities worse. 74% of girls say they are under pressure of outside forces to please everyone, including their parents. 

In an online article called "How Do Magazines Affect Body Image," The Center on Media and Child Health, found 70% of girls agreed that magazines strongly influence what they think is the ideal body type. There are many articles on appearance such as things like, "How to Get the Perfect Body" or "Bad Girls Wear This and Good Girls Wear This." Other magazines just show advertisements or photos of people trying to lose weight so "they don't have to struggle in their pants." Honey we both know that those pictures are really trying to get you to waste your money on some expensive product that doesn't even work or just get you to "fit in" when it really is just calling the girl reading the magazine "not good enough." In my opinion, there's no such thing as being "socially acceptable." Everyone is different. Everyone has an opinion. There's no such thing as pleasing everyone. We can't live in a society that has no diversity or "flaw." There's no such thing as being flawless in this world.

In concluion, society should not change people's views of how they look. Teenage girls should be able to be, look, and act however they want (with the exception if they need to dress for something that has a dress code) and should not be held down and kept in a social barrier. The best solution is for outside forces to stop "brainwashing" our generation with what the "ideal" personality or body is. Parents should also stop pressuring their children into doing something they are not ready for. Teenage girls- actually everyone- should be able to express who they are and not be judged for it. We should have confidence in ourselves. Everyone needs to look inside themselves and not just see what's on the outside. Especially for those who are called "ugly," prove to the others that your personality is worth more than what you look like. A person can be pretty on the outside and ugly on the inside. An "ugly" person can beautiful on the inside and you would never know because you took one look at them and decided that you don't want to get to know them because they're ugly. 


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