Pop Culture

Popular culture, or pop culture, affects everyone. Sexual images of girls and young women in the media are harming their self-image and development. In society today, the media bombards teens with images and trends. Media defines pop culture through what the trends are, what people should be wearing, what they should be listening to, how they should act, and what they should look like. Pop culture, in turn, defines what one should look like through movies, television, magazines, catalogs, billboards, fashion, and music. There is a concern with the negative influences of pop artists images have in present day society. Using Christina Aguilera as an example; Christina illustrates what happens when we fail to address the ???harmful attitudes and practices??™ of popular culture.

Christina Aguilera is a role model to young females around the world. They respect her and want to emulate her every move. They are so enthralled by their idol that they begin to dress like her in hopes of being like her (unaware of the potential risks). Males, on the other hand, lustfully desire these singers. They place their gaze upon them and begin to objectify them. The fact that males sexualize these singers will only increase the chances of these males sexualizing these young females. The longer women continue to be objectified and classified as sexual beings, the longer it will take to rid the world of these sexual images threatening the innocence of today??™s youth.

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Pop-Diva Christina Aguilera is a beautiful young lady that made it into the Top-10 of the world??™s music charts. On the other hand she triggered more and more controversies with her provocative Fashion-Trend and explicit song lyrics. Due to a Mass Media Presentation of her hip-shaking moves through television and magazines our Teenage generation has been contaminated with idolizing a look and attitude that has the question ???how much??? written all over. I think it is a shame of the entertainment business to have such a negative influence on our future generation.
There have been many young artists that have started out as legitimate singers. Vowing to make it on the strength of their voice rather then the size of their body, artists begin their career with a dream. However, record companies place a lot of trust, time and money into an artist and if that particular singer??™s record sales begin to dwindle, changes must ensue. The most crucial aspect of this singer is no longer her voice. It has now become about her body and how she can sexualize herself to appeal to a large male audience (in hopes of obtaining fans that may not have been attracted to her music in the first place). If one would reminisce for a brief moment. Christina Aguilera started off as an innocent, wholesome singer and then abruptly transitioned into highly sexualized object.
I observed and listened to Christina Aguilera??™s new video ???Dirrty??? and it definitely concerned my outlook on her as a performer. ???Sweat until my clothes come off,??? is a lyric from Christina Aguilera??™s new ???Dirrty??? album and is a popular song in today??™s pop culture. This is just one of the very many risque lyrics to today??™s most popular songs amongst teenagers. Not only are the lyrics very suggestive, but also some of the videos for these songs are downright raunchy. These types of popular music videos portray women in a very negative way. Music videos fling messages to young women that say that it is ???cool??? to dress provocatively and be promiscuous. Women are rarely ever showed in a decent and good-natured manner in today??™s music videos, not to mention fully clothed. Again going back to Christina Aguilera??™s video for her song ???Dirrty,??? the video itself could almost be considered a soft-core pornographic video.
Wherever we look, catalogs, magazines, television, movies, and billboards, images show us the cultural standard, what we should be like and that is in fashion. The standards that women should be beautiful and sexy are present throughout these images. Girls as young as twelve start to dress up and imitate Christina Aguilera wanting to be like her. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In the eyes of society, women like Christina Aguilera are pictures of perfection. Everyone wants to look like them. Unfortunately, many want to be just like them. Every year, millions of people make a turn onto that one-way road, pass the no-exit sign, and embark on a journey sure to lead to disaster. Women, particularly young and vulnerable girls, are hurting themselves trying to attain the unhealthy, unrealistic, and unsafe self-image portrayed by their role models. Who??™s to blame for this The media.

The media presents society with unrealistic body types promoting people, especially women, to look like them. From the magazine racks in the local store overflowing with magazines highlighting beautiful women, to the TV commercials featuring tall, thin women promoting a certain product, the media is everywhere one looks, portraying images of unhealthy body types for girls to look up to. The consequences of the sexualization of girls in media today are very real and are likely to be a negative influence on girls healthy development. As a society, we need to replace all of these sexualized images with ones showing girls in positive settings displaying the uniqueness and competence of girls. There is evidence to conclude that sexualisation has negative effects in a variety of domains, including cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, and healthy sexual development. One of the key things here is social responsibility; advertisers and other media need to be aware that the products they produce and images associated with them have an impact and it??™s not always a good impact.

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