Photoshop In The Media

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Should photoshop be banned in media?By: Sadie Reimer

 

Technology in our world has advanced to the point where we cannot tell what is real and what is fake in media. Often, we go to the store and when we are purchasing our things, we see a magazine with a picture of a “glamorous woman” or a “strong man” on the cover. Photoshop should be banned in media. It affects young and old minds alike and it enforces gender stereotypes.

 From advertisements and magazines to social media, we are constantly shown images that remind us how we are “supposed” to look. Alexa Lago states that “Not only does the excessive use of photoshop on photos send out a poor message, but it can also cause low self-esteem and body image issues”. Research also shows that photoshop has unbelievably damaging effects on body image. Models that are already scarily skinny are made even smaller, and men are made look bigger and stronger. This makes people think that they need to hurt themselves or go through a painful surgery to obtain a body image that wasn't even real in the first place. Brandy Blaise says that “photoshop creates an elusive body image that the youth of today believe is real and can be obtained through plastic surgery.” One third of boys and more than half of girls in between the ages of 6 and 8 believe that the ideal body is thinner than their current size. Overall, photoshop has a very negative effect on the human mind.

 

The impact of stereotypes is very serious on teenagers, females and males, it can have long lasting consequences. The Maltese Safer Internet Center (SIC) describes the issue and the activities they carry out to fight the negative influence of stereotypes on children and teenagers. There is no doubt that the mass media is a part of our world today. The mass media have a lot of power to uphold stereotypes. Women are supposed to be gentle and pretty while men are strong, tough and sporty. Almost every time we see a beauty ad or an ad for a gym, we are reminded that we don’t look like the people in the ad. Safer Internet Day states that “Even today, although people are so much more conscious of the issue, mass media still perpetuates traditional gender stereotypes. People, including children and youth, fall into the trap of replicating behavior and assumptions witnessed in online spaces.” Because of this, a lot of people look in the mirror and think that they don’t look how their gender is “supposed” to look and they feel they need do change how they look. Considering the impact, it has on body image and self-esteem, photoshop should be removed from media.

 

In conclusion, it was demonstrated that photoshop should be banned in media. It may get businesses more money, but that is not a good enough reason to make the youth of today feel bad about themselves and to enforce gender stereotypes.


Submitted: April 28, 2021

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