The portrayal of women in social media.

In the article Women’s self-sexualization in photos on social media (2017, June 15), Laura
R. Ramsey, Amber L. Horan, tries to scrutinize the level at which young female post sexually
appealing pictures of themselves on social media because they are longing for public attention.
(Ramsey and Horan, 2017)
There has been widespread growth in women’s sexualization, especially in western media.
As a result, women have destitute body image about themselves; their tolerance level towards sex
violence against women has increased, and also women are now more prominent supporters of
sexist beliefs (Ramsey and Horan, 2017). According to Ramsey and Horan, women self objectify
themselves in a sexualized manner which could be used as an object; women give more value to
what others think about them, people’s perspective and how they look {physically}.
Young adult posting pictures in social media like Instagram and Facebook has always been much
of a public concern (Ramsey and Horan, 2017)example, “in early 2016 journalist Nancy Jo Sales
published a book about girls’ sexualized behaviour online that immediately made into the New
York Times Best Seller list, and online article about the book garnered hundreds of concerned
comment” (e.g.,NPR, 2016). (Ramsey and Horan, 2017, para 1).

According to research by (Manago, Graham, Greenfield and Salimkhan, 2018), young
women post sexually appealing pictures on social media and does not bound themselves with
cultural obligations and uploads pictures with minimum amount of clothing to make it more sexual,which is likely to receive more likes or views with flooding number of positive comment. (Ramseyand Horan, 2017)


The growing popularity of social media site has made it more vulnerable for the young adult
to post self-sexualized pictures of themselves, even the sites emphasis and promotes in sharing
sexual pictures which is in the way of supporting self-sexualization. (Ramsey and Horan, 2017).
(Daniels and Zurbriggen, 2016) Found out posting sexually appealing pictures comes with a price,
In their experiment, they found out sexualized profile pictures of women were viewed less alluring
and not competent when tallied with her non-sexualized profile picture by other young women. It
was also found that young men were only sexually attracted to women who posted sexualizing
pictures and were not interested in committing to a relationship with them. (Moreno, Swanson,
Royer, and Robert, 2011).

(Sherman et al., 2016) points out the primary motivation of women posting self-sexualized
photos on social media showed the want of attention from the audience, which is the main factor
that acts as a motivation manifested by likes and comments on uploaded pictures. (Ramsey and
Horan 2017). The finding also shows that “adolescents who viewed photos with a lot of “likes”
showed more unusual activities in the regions of the brain associated with reward processing and
attention”(Sherman, Payton, Hernandez, Greenfield and Dapretto, 2016, p86). Therefore getting
more likes acts as a catalyst for social media behaviour. (Ramsey and Horan, 2017).

Self Objectification of oneself has brought negative impact such as inculcating
psychological disorders {which is very hazardous and destroys the equilibrium state of individual}
(Ramsey and Horan 2017)
Do some questions revolve around this article, which also gives us a conclusion and some
reverent answer as to what extent do young women post self- sexualized photos on social media?
(Ramsey and Horan, 2017). Dose posting such pictures gain much positive remark in the form of likes, comments and followers? Moreover, how do we predict which women post self- sexualized
pictures on social media? (Ramsey and Horan, 2017). The answer to these questions is: young
women post sexually appealing pictures in social media for the desire of attention from people who
are on social networking sites. For a matter of fact, wanting attention is very much related to self-
objectification, zeal for sexualization, and having a view that sex is their source of power. (Ramsey
and Horan, 2017).

Published by BaishaliGurung

I am a BBA- Business Analytics student at Christ (Deemed to be University). I love to write and read, it's my escape from the harsh reality of life, also finding solace in my own small universe. Hope I'll be able to make a difference in someone else life by my words.

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