Are pop idols injuring self-esteem?
We've grown up watching pop stars dance and jiggle their way to fame. The performances put on by Britney Spears, Kesha and Miley Cyrus are almost impossible to forget. However, when the television is turned off and our minds start to wander, how does the impact of pop stars and their behavior on television affect our self-esteem?
Chances are... not so great.
In her new video “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus simulates fellatio on a sledge hammer while riding the wrecking ball nearly naked. With over 250 million views on YouTube since a month's long release, Cyrus sends the message that the best way for a woman to be noticed is to put her sexuality on display.
And, it's not just her. Pop stars from previous generations have adopted this tactic as well.
We all remember Britney Spears and her single “Oops I did it again,” a pop-star's proclamation of flirtatious endeavors dressed up in a red jumpsuit. Britney went on to become a megastar of the 90s and early 2000s, but also sacrificed dignity, mental health, and privacy as a result.
While the concept of hyper-sexual pop stars has gained attention over the past decade, it may urge young women to exploit themselves while ignoring their own wants and needs. According to the Media Education Foundation, the self-esteem of many young girls is contingent upon their ability to please boys.
Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem
- A constant need to perfect simple details
- Inability to handle criticism
- Negative self-talk
- Inability to express feelings
If standards promoted by the most popular songs and music videos ascribe sex as the highest priority, many women may feel they cannot measure up and consequently, fail to recognize positive aspects within themselves.
How Can We Change This?
Have conversations with your friends, daughters, and sisters about the misinterpretation symbols of these videos and songs. Talk about the way real women take action in their own lives, rather than dressing up like a hyper-sexual fantasy.
If you or one close to you exhibits symptoms of low self-esteem remind them that most of these images are unattainable and point them in the right direction if further assistance is needed.