Daily, people around the world are inundated with images and messages from POPULAR CULTURE (marketing) mainstream media: ads, movies, television, music, Internet, social media: depicting unrealistic beauty, sex, violence, hatred, as acceptable and normal. These disturbing images and messages dictate impossible and unhealthy standards of: How we should behave; What we should look like; What we should wear; What we should eat/drink; What music we should listen to; What cars we should drive; Where/how we should live; How much money we should have; How much we should spend; Why we should hate… This creates a toxic environment led by comparison: If I don’t look like the model in the magazine… If I don’t have the shoes/clothes/phone… If I don’t hate… I won’t measure up. Popular Culture (Pop Culture) mainstream media images and messages influence and affect everyone – with Self-Esteem absorbing a compromising hit. Most especially at risk, is the world’s YOUTH: their young minds are still developing. At this critical stage of development, a positive or negative relationship with: identity, body image and beliefs will be formed. Pop Culture marketing is expert at popularizing: What Should Be – even at the cost of psychological damage. Why? The bottom line: Profit.

12 Conversations: 12 Youth: 6 Male – 6 Female

New Moon ~ December 2016

POP CULTURE vs. SELF-ESTEEM

Does POP CULTURE mainstream media images and messages affect your SELF-ESTEEM?

Conversations ~Youth (Female) #5:

Yes. I think it definitely does. It sets up a sort of expectation that I feel like I should reach.

I continuously compare myself to celebrities and feel like: if I don’t meet a certain standard of body weight, height or general appearance, I won’t be pretty.

I think that the media portrays women in a certain way and if you don’t conform to their ideal of beauty, you aren’t beautiful.

I try to deal with this by surrounding myself with people who are not too self-conscious and who are more positive. My best friend (for example) has helped me a lot with my self-esteem, over the years. It’s hard to deal with self-esteem issues because no matter what anyone else says (in your favour) you’ll never believe them. But I feel that as I grow older, I’m having less and less problems.

I think that self-esteem issues are forever going to be present, because I will always compare myself to other girls. But I think: these challenges are also connected with identity issues. So as I understand who I am better, I’ll start to accept myself more.

All good things possible always…

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