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Photoshopping

Nobody’s perfect, but it seems that our media drenched society would like you to think perfection is obtainable.

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Why are they making J-Law’s arms so toothpick thin when they are so healthy and strong???

The American Medical Association has urged advertisers in teen-oriented magazines to work with health agencies to develop guidelines that set some photoshopping boundaries.

“Photoshopping, especially as it’s related to children and adolescents, gives them an unrealistic expectation of what they might expect to look like as they grow up,” said Jeremy Lazarus, AMA’s president-elect. “So there are adverse health consequences as a result of that.”

When young people measure themselves against body types that can only be attained with the help of photo-editing software, it can lead to a poor body image and dangerous, unhealthy behaviors. Several studies have linked exposure to manipulated pictures to eating disorders and other health problems.

Celebs and artists like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have raised their voice to the injustice of severe photo editing. Check out this music video from a Hungarian singer named Boogie who demonstrates the power of retouching in her new video, “Parfum.” Boggie chose to reveal the extent to which celebrities are altered to make a statement about modern consumerism and urge women to be themselves.

To some degree, we all grow up wanting to change certain things about ourselves. What if you could appear to be the media’s version of perfect ? Would your altered image become your Facebook profile pic STAT!? BuzzFeed gave four women professional makeovers and had them pose for photos. Then they photoshopped them to look like true “cover models.” Check out their reactions in the video.

They were happier being their unique awesome selves! So let’s embrace the freckles, the curves, the smile lines, the cow licks, the crooked teeth, the one eye that’s a little lower than the other (that’s me!) – everything that makes you, you.

lauren @ CLP – Woods Run

Read:
When the mirror lies : anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders by Tamra OrrThin (DVD)  The body project : an intimate history of American girls by Joan Jacobs Brumberg Looking good : male body image in modern America by Lynne Luciano

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SPARK Movement is a nonprofit organization that aims to fight  the media’s objectification of girls.

Tips for maintaining a healthy body image!

Teens Heath

 

Teen Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

My name is Jayne. I’m fourteen. I go to CAPA for Visual Arts, but I love to write so much more. Creative writing has been apart of my life for so long now; I feel lost without it. I’m obsessed with everything British, Beatles, Tim Burton movies, and Harry Potter. Oh and cats! I hope you love what I review and I hope you comment and tell me what I could do better. Anyway, thanks for reading!

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck was a difficult read and it wasn’t because of the writing. The writing was terrific. It was Bosworth’s premise. Struck was about a girl named Mia Price. She lives in Los Angeles with her brother, Parker, and their mother. They moved to Los Angeles because Mia is a lightning addict. That’s right, a lightning addict. She feeds on being struck by lightning, hence the title. Tragedy strikes in LA and an earthquake takes out most of Downtown La. All skyscrapers are taken down, except for one. The Tower.

At school, Mia and Parker are being talked to about a man called Rance Ridley. He has his own show, The Hour of Light. He is to be known as the Prophet. He is telling all of Los Angeles that God will make a storm that will be even worse than the earthquake. Then there are the Seekers, who is run by Mia’s English teacher. Don’t forget Katrina, the goth girl who is also a leader. She catches Mia in the girls’ bathroom trying to be recruited by Rachel, now a follower of the Prophet.

Then a mysterious child named Jeremy (who’s a teenager) is the Clark Kent in this story. He may be a nerd, but he may be a super hero underneath. He claims to know Mia and how she has been affected by lightning in the other cities she’s lived in before LA.

The reason why I found this difficult to read was because it kept referencing the apocalyptic cliches. For instance, “God will save you if you sell your soul to him.” I am not the type of person who can take a lot of that banter and all, but if you like that type of thing, you’ll love this book.

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