Good morning/afternoon class. The topic that we have chosen for our debate is “That airbrushing should be banned. ” We as the affirmative team believe that this statement is true. The points that I will be talking about today is that manipulating images can lead to self-esteem issues, the different types of disorders that photo shopping could lead to and the extensive cost of airbrushing images. To start off, the deceptive imagery of airbrushing can lead to major self-confidence issues. Even though younger girls are exposed to many different types of media and images, the younger generations are not usually able to tell the difference between normal photographs and air-brushed images. •This means that over time, young women are increasingly seeing and comparing themselves with images which are neither realistic nor authentic. •This can lead to severe self-esteem issues. Images that are altered and manipulated to give an impossibly thin look add to everyone’s insecurities about their bodies.
This is exactly the reason why airbrushing should be banned. Secondly, these diminishing advertisements can sometimes lead to eating disorders. •Some people are particularly vulnerable to this pressure to be perfect and risk developing an eating disorder such as anorexia or being bulimic. •This is precisely why we’re calling for the media to get real and show us bodies in all their gorgeous, natural glory. While it’s true that most of us are aware that the majority of women in adverts have been airbrushed to within an inch of their life, sadly, the same can’t be said for younger girls, who, from a very early age are constantly being bombarded with digitally altered images without realising just how much they’ve been manipulated. Do we really want our precious children to change who they are so that they can fit in with society’s perception of perfection?
This highlights why any form of enhancing an advertisement should be banned. Finally, I will address the extensive cost of airbrushing images that companies and we face. •Airbrushing images will not only damage young girls self-esteem but it would also take an astonishing amount of money out of the company’s budget. •Due to airbrushing, it will not only cost the business money, but also us to go under the knife to achieve these manipulative images from the pressure to be perfect.
Are we really going to go to these extreme lengths to look like someone we’re not? This illustrates precisely why photo shopping needs to be expelled. AGAINST OUR ARGUMENTS •it’s a clever way for products to be sold, and to attract the target audience they are aiming at. •models are usually hired for the purpose to sell the product and being “Photo shopped” is probably some part of their contract. •retouching and photo editing is supposed to make the look of the model attractive, so it is able to sell the product. the models face will usually have to be the image of perfection and beauty to interest a reader to pick up a magazine, thinking that the content will be related to the cover image of beauty. REBUTTALS Would you buy a product from an advert where the model is looking flawless, and has great skin due to airbrushing techniques? Or where it shows the true beauty of someone, and that there should be no reason to change, and to just accept how they look? Should an image that is airbrushed be societies perception of perfection?