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Title America the Beautiful: The Obsession with Physical Beauty & Its Costs
Published The Video Project, 2009
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (105 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five year journey to examine America's growing obsession with physical beauty and perfection, unearthing its origins and deadly risks.. In America the Beautiful we see how increasingly unattainable images contribute to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen to be the beauty industry's largest consumers.. In almost 40,000 media messages a year, youthful Americans are being told that, unless you look like supermodels and rock stars, you're not good enough for anyone to love. In 2004 alone, Americans spent 12.4 billion on cosmetic surgery. America the Beautiful explores why Americans are spending so much money to cover up their discontent.. Ultimately, the film asks: What are the true costs of our obsession withyouth, beauty, and a slender physique? Who actually benefits from this high-priced journey towards this ideal and does it justify a nation's psychosis?
Analysis Documentaries
Gender Studies
Notes In Process Record
Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by The Video Project in 2009
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Mass media -- Study and teaching.
Genre/Form Gender Studies
Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Video Project, distributor
Kanopy (Firm), distributor