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The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

The official student news site of Athens Drive High School

ATHENS ORACLE

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Senior Spotlight: Ava Seay
Brady Jones, Assistant News Editor • June 4, 2024

As the school year fades to an end, many graduates are leaving the Athens Drive community to begin searching for their passions. While some...

Brady Jones has an on-stage-cameo as security guard in production called I Hate Shakespeare. Photo provided by Lauryn Webb
Senior spotlight: Brady Jones
Taylor Malloy, Editor in Chief • June 4, 2024

Athens Drive High School watches many of its students arrive as freshmen and leave as seniors. Some of these seniors stand out as being leaders,...

Jayvon Coleman at Athens Drive
Senior Spotlight: Jayvon Coleman
Sama Yousef, Staff Writer • June 4, 2024

Throughout high school, students achieve and extend themselves thoroughly; Senior Jayvon Coleman has pushed himself to perform excellence throughout...

Rachel Huffman, a cheerful senior at a companions home having a fun time with friends and her digital camera, at a get together.
Senior Spotlight: Rachel Huffman
Deevani Rodriguez, Features Copy Editor • June 4, 2024

Out of the graduating class of 2024, Senior Rachel Huffman has strived to do her best at leading and achieving greatness at Athens Drive Magnet...

The Drive Inquiry Clubs website is pictured. Dylan Ducatte dedicated a lot of her time while at Athens to the club.
Senior Spotlight: Dylan Ducatte
Sophie King, Assistant Editor • June 4, 2024

A true historian, senior Dylan Ducatte has spent her time at Athens fully engaged in all the school's social studies classes. Throughout her...

Skylar Moore at graduation rehearsal with fellow students.
Senior Spotlight: Skylar Moore
Rowan Bissett, Assistant Sports Editor • June 4, 2024

June 8, 2024, Athens seniors will walk the stage, take their diplomas, and finally finish high school. One of those Seniors is Skylar Moore,...

Meet the Staff
Deevani Rodriguez
Deevani Rodriguez
Features copy editor

Deevani is an open minded character, she likes fitness, eating, and spending quality time with her loved ones. She hopes to write more exciting, engaging articles.

Rowan Bissett
Rowan Bissett
Assistant Sports Editor

Rowan is a Sophomore at Athens, and when she is not writing for the Oracle, she's playing volleyball, volunteering, or being apart of Athens clubs. She's excited to be in her second semester of the Oracle...

Sierra Moore
Sierra Moore
Staff Writer

Sierra Moore is a junior at Athens Drive. This is Sierra's first year on the Oracle. She enjoys hanging out with her friends. In her free time she also enjoy drawing and listening to music.

Advertising a skinny body, deteriorating a feminist future

Advertisements play a large role in how our society defines different styles of beauty. Body shape or appearance are two of the main topics discussed in the news lately. For example, ideas such as “thinspiration” or the conception of thigh gap are the most discussed goals of women on the Internet. In comparison, the 1950’s angle of propaganda was based on weight gain supplements. The constant bodily comparisons will eventually destroy how women can stay empowered and confident.

The standards of how women should look should be blamed on magazines of famous and most developed magazine company Conde Nast. Most fashion magazines are published by Conde Nast, such as Vogue, Allure, Glamour, GQ and Vanity Fair. Women should not rely on standards of fashion trends because their [the company] goal is not to give closure and confidence to the consumer. Most of the companies edit photos because most of the advertisements come from high-end fashion lines that thrive off of fashion perfection. The magazines need a profit, and one of the key marketing techniques all of these companies follow is finding ways to make women seem imperfect by trying “50 new ways for your boyfriend to love you again” or “7 fruits that magically get rid of your love-handles.” The fact of the matter is that none of this stuff works and it is only a run-for-your-money ordeal.

In the 1950’s, the idea of being skinny was considered unhealthy. Products such as weight gaining yeast enhancements were meant for women to gain weight and portrayed as the only route to men falling for a women. The vintage 1950’s advertisement had men saying “You’re gorgeous since you’ve gained weight!” What makes it okay for men to be able to tell us how we should look? Shouldn’t I find closure in how I look, not by your opinion from the look of my body? The methodology of how to advertise based solely on persuasion and profitability.

By retouching the photos of young 20-year-old women, the teenage girl is going to idolize her, the 20 year old is going to try to compare her imperfections, and the mother of two is going to wish that she did something different to be just like the lady on the front cover. Women cannot compare themselves to this kind of standard because it is not true. It is like standing in front of a circus mirror. The reflection is still you, but it definitely is not how a woman should feel.

The way women perceive the “ideal” image these days is fed off lack of confidence. Roughly, a size 8 or 10 was ideal for the average woman in 2000’s and now, being a size 6 can be considered plus size for some clothing manufacturers. The manifestation of fashion and fad is higher than ever. For example, the almost black lipstick Lorde is wearing would only be seen on an episode of The Adams Family ten years ago. So the evolution of body size too will eventually fade, but the confidence women lose when convinced they are not perfect enough never will.

To effectively have women empowering society starts immediately at the source. The information that these women are receiving is not from all of their friends. It is the advertisements and television shows. A way to prevent this conflict is producing untouched photos in magazines and commercials. The standard model is assumed to be a 34-24-34, which translates to the size of the bust, waist and hips. So what happens to the girl that has a 26 or 29 size waist or 38 inch bust? Statistically, that individual is no longer favorable to the fashion world and is look frowned upon for her individuality. Most of these women are also doing this for pay, and spent countless time struggling to stay thin. Role models should be fashion models too. Have the girl who works 60 hours a week in the hospital be a model, or the law student who spends hours studying instead of slaving over unrealistic social standards. These are the type of people who should be who women look up to. The ones who are motivated outside of just how they look, it is all about how we should feel as empowering women instead of not feeling comfortable about our body shape.

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