Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Has Media Gone Too Far?

Today I had a lecture about controversial advertising and whether it has gone too far. As the famous saying goes, sex sells! I always knew that advertising has become rather risque and has continued to be more and more shocking as people start to become de-sensitized towards these images, however, some of the images I was shown truly shocked me and actually made me quite sad that these disturbing images are being shown to young, impressionable girls. Of course, there is the whole representation of women, their body image, and how girls 'should' look. But what I found the most shocking of all is the sexualisation of children. We all know about the scandalous padded bikinis for 7 year olds in Primark and the 3 inch heels for 8 year olds in Next, but what I wasn't aware of were the pole dancing lessons for 3 year olds or the kids t-shirts with nipple tassels on! But my favourite has to be the kids t-shirt with the famous Kate Moss slogan "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" FOR KIDS! This exposure to adult sexual images and pressure on body image has been shown to have a negative impact on childrens self-esteem, body image and their understanding of sexual relationships. I personally am disgusted at some of the images that are out there for young, impressionable children to consume constantly, its no wonder that young girls are frequently being treated for anxiety disorders and eating disorders, and I fear that this kind of thing is only going to get worse. Where do we draw the line? What do you think about advertising and media, do you think it has gone too far?

Dolce and Gabbana advert- depicting a rape scene?

Sisley Campaign- glamorizing drug use?

Ridiculously skinny models

Kids clothing with shocking slogans!

No wonder kids have eating disorders!! 

11 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness... I am SO against where people are going with advertising. Why on earth to they think it's ok to advertise this way? Better yet, why do we make it ok? If we stopped buying their product they would be forced to change the way they advertise.

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    1. I completely agree Courtney, I think its disgusting, but sadly I think it may have gone too far already and I don't think much is going to change, seems like the damage has already been done with the younger generation! xxx

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  2. I was truly shocked last week when I saw my neighbour's child walk past my house wearing heals and carrying an ann summers bag. She's 13. What can a 13 year old possibly be doing in ann summers?! My 8 year old cousin refuses to eat lunch because she wants to be skinny "like all the models in magazines" :| It really scares me that children feel this way. x

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    1. It really is shocking! I know what you mean, my 9 year old cousin is exactly the same! She is the tiniest thing I have ever seen and she thinks shes fat! Its so sad! xx

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  3. These images are awful especially the childrens clothing. This is going to make me sound so old but kids just aren't allowed to be kids anymore and it's awful they should be having fun and not worrying about everything not wearing heels and makeup and worrying about been skinny xx

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    1. Its so true, kids have such a short childhood these days, they shouldn't be having all these pressures at such a young age when, as you said, they should be having fun! xx

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  4. Mh. I don't mind the advertises at the beginning.
    But the ads with kids, especially the "nothing tastes..." is definitely wrong! So wrong!
    Let alone the uber skinny model. What happend to society?
    xx Nora

    bitterblondblog.blogspot.com

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    1. It SO wrong, kids think that super skinny is normal and admirable and have such unhealthy views on body image. The t-shirts are shocking arent they! xx

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  5. Some of these are so shocking. I think sometimes we don't notice the things that advertisements insinuate until someone points it out to us - which is the scariest part of it x

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  6. Those kate moss tshirts are shocking! Honestly, who thought it was a good idea to make those and which parents think it is a good idea to buy them for their children?!!?

    I haven't seen that Sisley advert before but that's pretty awful as well :| surely that is banned? Fair enough using sex appeal in ads - that's actually legal. But drugs are illegal and you use them in an advert?!! brilliant :|

    Great post though! :) x

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  7. I can't believe some of these pictures! And I can't believe it's actually someone's job to think of these things and make them into ads! I'm okay with a little bit of the risque in advertising, but ONLY in advertising marketed toward adults, and nothing as blatantly bad as an ad depicting rape or drug use!
    I often wonder how media impacts kids. I always feel like I haven't been affected by ads, but when I really think about it, I think a lot of my perception has been impacted. The media should be SO careful about what they market to kids. It's scary thinking about how some of this stuff could affect them.

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