Monday, December 14, 2015

Let's Talk Body About Image

It seems to me that possibly one of the most insulting questions that a women can be asked is, "How much do you way?" But why is this? Today, our society, especially when it comes to women, are so focused on what their body's look like. It seems to be that today, everyone is suppose to be skinny to fit in. And if your not, you are criticized about how much you weigh. The media has rooted this ideal into our systems. Stick-thin models are everywhere- on our T.V. screens, in magazines, on billboards, their is no escaping them. Skinny, beautiful women are used to sell everything, they are the ideal. But what does this do to members of our society that don't perpendicularity fit this uniform standard of beauty?

Let's face it, almost no one is completely confident in every aspect of their appearance. However, women are told that they have to conform to what society expects their bodies to look like. These ideals, and this stress on one, specific, image of beauty is quite frankly, dangerous. Not only have there been multiple occasions of models starving themselves, some have even died from not eating enough. Serious medical conditions, such as the eating disorder anorexia, have resulted from women trying to slim themselves down and even leading to death.This problem, however, is not limited to women. Adolescent girls (and boys) feel the need to conform to these standards of physical perfection. Children as of 10 years of age and younger have had to be hospitalized for starving themselves. Theses children grow up hating the way they look, even if they are a perfectly healthy weight, their views of themselves are clouded by what society says they have to look like.

My question to you is this- how can we change this? I've heard of so many "you are beautiful!" campaigns in which people go around informing strangers if their "beauty", but does this really make a difference? Being told of your beauty isn't going to change the fact that you don't see yourself as beautiful. The change has to come within society. Seventeen Magazine announced that all of the models in their magazines will "real" people, not airbrushed, starving models. This, a step in the right direction to show girls that beauty isn't found if Photoshop, but rather in everyday life.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

I'm Boycotting Adele and Here's Why

Adele's New Album 25
I'll admit that I've always been a huge fan Adele, her song Love Song is one of my all time favorites. However, I am completely refusing to buy Adele's new album, 25. Why you may ask (a question my brother asks every day)? Because she pulled a Taylor Swift and refused to release her album on Spotify. Spotify is a popular streaming site where premium users pay a monthly subscription of ten dollars to listen to unlimited music. However, now stars like Taylor Swift and Adele,(and soon Coldplay) are refusing to release their music on such streaming sites.

Taylor Swift claimed, “In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace." But this argument doesn't make any sense. If the value of an album is based on the work but into it, as Taylor claims, why does it have to have to be priced at all? I get that income is important and that an album has to make as much money as it took to make, this is common knowledge, but Taylor Swift and Adele are two of the highest paid artists of the all time. Taylor Swift has an estimated net worth  of $80 million dollars, Adele's estimated net worth is over $54 million dollars. I don't see how Taylor and Adele can site not making enough money justify not putting their songs on Spotify. Isn't $54 plus million dollars suitable? 

Taylor also claimed, "File sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.” It is however true that artists make less money with streaming sites like Spotify, making around 9 cents for ever 60 times one song is played whereas the artist makes 20 cents for every $1.29 song sold on iTunes. However, artists are also paid 9 cents for every 60 times their song is played on the radio. Did Adele and Taylor ban their songs from radio stations? Of course not. Practically every time I turn on the radio, I hear one of their songs. So why just Spotify? Adele's most played song on Spotify has 221,434,620 plays (aka $3,690,577 dollars in Adele's pocket for just one song). Again, I ask, isn't that amount suitable? 

As my brother says, I am missing one of the "greatest albums of the century" but I'm staying strong on this one. It might because I'm stubborn, but I think what Taylor Swift and Adele are doing is pure capitalistic crap. Is making more money a justifiable reason to exclude a large amount of your fans from hearing your work? Life isn't all about money, and if Adele and Taylor saw it this way, their music would be available to anyone who wants to hear it, even religious Spotify users like myself. What do you think?