The cult of the beauty of social networks | DW documentary

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Social networks are influencing the way women feel about their own bodies. Young women in particular constantly face images of beautiful female bodies online, images that have almost always been digitally enhanced.

This documentary gives a long and alarming look to young women whose daily lives are dictated by the search for bodily perfection. The more users click on Instagram, Facebook, etc., the greater their dissatisfaction with their own appearance. Almost no one can escape the attraction of this illusory world, where beauty, fitness and lifestyle count for everything. The consequences can even be fatal: weight loss and physical fashion, eating disorders of all kinds, body shame and sexism. During his research, filmmaker Jennifer Rezny met a Canadian study that discovered that the insecurity of young women has increased in social networks. It seems that almost everyone is trying to appear on Instagram in self-portraits processed with filters these days. Despite the growing demands for diversity, the "ideal" female body still dominates the media's perception of female beauty. Numerous movements and initiatives, including from the fashion and advertising industries themselves, have had little effect. "The female body has always been a carrier of female identity. It is nothing new for us women to be objectified and sexualized." says Rezny. "There has also been a great deal of social development, but we are not yet where we should be and where women want to be, in an egalitarian society. And, in any case, we live in a meritocratic, defined and colored society. for capitalism, which always has to be optimized and improved. It can never be enough. "

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