Findings on Ashley Graham

Throughout this project, I was always learning something new and things continuously are happening today. My research question is: How does social media affect the way we view the “ideal” female body image? Is there still a conceptual ideology of the female body image or is it slowly fading? Well, according to Ashley Graham, I’d like to think that society is changing for the better and becoming, not only more body positive, but more able to express body diversity. So let’s get to know more about Ashley Graham and how she plays a role in all of the social issues happening now related to the topic of the “ideal” female body image.

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The Impact of Social Media on Body Shaming

There are women who have low self-esteem, anorexia, bulimia, and cause their own deaths as a result of social medias’ influence on the “ideal” female body image. Social media is something we use every day and becoming harder to avoid as everyone, including companies, are using it to stay connected with others. This kind of routine has made societies all over the world more attached to their phones, in order to check Facebook, Instagram, and twitter. With this is mind, it has become a superficial platform of selfies and random videos. For the women it can become a threat to their womanhood. They are insulted by groups of people and singled out for their individual physical appearances. This study will show the true impact that social media has on how women are subjected as objects and not human beings.

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Research Design, Procedures, & Methods

There are four philosophical worldviews that influence the practice of research and need to be identified: post positivism, advocacy/participatory or transformative, constructive, and pragmatism. These worldviews can be influenced by education, religion, home life, and media. I am a constructive transformative. This blog post discusses my research design, role as a researcher, and methods for data collection, recording, and analysis along with the proposed structure and some ethical considerations.

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Research Problem

The research problem of my study has changed over the course of this project as I’ve gathered information from academic, social, and cultural articles on the trending topics and opinions that arise when people in modern society discuss female body image. I developed a new research question broken into segments: how does body shaming affect the way women are perceived? And what is the current “ideal” female body image that causes this body shaming yet at the same time promotes body positivity?

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Reflection on the “Ideal” Image

Throughout this multimodal blog series, I wanted to talk address the controversial topic of the “ideal” female body image. We all have different perceptions of what beautiful is whether it be of our own thought or influenced by media. So I wanted to talk about my world view as it relates to the way I conduct my research, the history of changing “ideal” female body images, and the effects social media has on the way people who don’t fit into Western societal standards of “ideal” are treated.

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Social Media & Body Positivity

Over time the media has brainwashed women into believing that if they are not fair skinned (white), thin, and tall that they are not beautiful. I’d like to start by saying that I am not one of those women. I am Puerto Rican, African-American, and Trinidadian with a caramel complexion, dark brown eyes, dark brown reddish hair, and I’m only 5’4″. I know that I have a beautiful face and body. I have a strong sense of self love and body positivity, which is a new term that radically redefines and reclaims the body. It arose in response to Western culture recognizing only white, able-bodied, heterosexual, and thin bodies as worthy and beautiful. We are all valuable. We are all beautiful. We need to believe, know, and accept that. Now is the time more than ever before to stand out and stand up.

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The “Ideal” Female Body Image

Today’s research question is, “What is the ‘ideal’ female body image?” In order to answer that question fully we must first understand the background behind the standards of “ideal” female body image.

Throughout history women have been a subject of interest when it comes to perceptions of “ideal” body image; from wearing corsets for a small waist to being told that smaller breast or broader shoulders are more attractive to being expected to maintain a skinny or toned body and having a tall figure in order to be accepted as a model.

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Having a Constructive Perspective

According to Chapter One of Creswell’s Research Design textbook 5th edition there are four philosophical worldviews that influence the practice of research and need to be identified: post positivism, advocacy/participatory or transformative, constructivism, and pragmatism. These worldviews can be influenced by education, religion, home life, and media.

Watch the video clip below from a popular TV sitcom, Big Bang Theory, as a platform to explain the characteristics of the four philosophical worldviews.

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