Friday, April 24, 2015

Baseball, A Game of Cheaters

There has been an increasing trend of usage of steroids in the MLB.  For some reason it has been a skyrocketing in baseball, but not in other sports.  There is a need for increased strength and performance in baseball.  The standard for atheism in the MLB has wildly increased leaving some players in the dust. The players that are left behind are pressured to cheat to keep up with standard of performance.  In 2013 according to PBS article 13 players were caught in a steroid bust, including all-star A-Rod.  In a single day 12 players received 50 game suspensions for doping.  But, A-Rod received the harshest penalty the MLB has ever dealt with over a hundred games.  The punishments are getting tougher and the use keeps going up.  This trend could be because of increased viewership and competition in baseball.  Baseball players feel the pressure of increased viewership and being the role model of millions of American kids.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Men in Media

I recently read a very interesting article on the New York Times regarding body image.  When body image comes to mind the average American thinks about a teenage girl starving herself to loose weight.  But, there is a new phenomenon in male body standards.  There has been an increase in the standard of male body perfection.  Because of the increase in standards, more men are using unhealthy methods to achieve society's ideal body.  There has been an increase in steroid use in teens and adults.  The average body builder a few a decades looks like the average gym goer today, and the Body builders today look like inflated balloon animals.  The fitness supplement industry has also skyrocketed because of this trend.  Protein powder, pre workout, and fat burners are flying of the shelves.  Some men take it to the extreme by using steroids.  Advertisements today include shirtless men who look they could be body builders.  Most celebrities and athletes have chiseled six pack, and they are not afraid to show them off.  This increase in muscular physique in media is driving the use of steroids to an all time high.
In this ad you can observe a muscular male subject posing.  This is the standard for most advertisments today.  The majority of advertisments are the result of photoshop and computer tricks.   This sets an unrealistic standard for men that many go to extreme unhealthy lengths to achieve.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Physical Appearance Standards

  I recently read a very interesting article on the New York Times regarding body image.  When body image comes to mind the average American thinks about a teenage girl starving herself to loose weight.  But, there is a new phenomenon in male body standards.  There has been an increase in the standard of male body perfection.  Because of the increase in standards, more men are using unhealthy methods to achieve society's ideal body.  There has been an increase in steroid use in teens and adults.  The average body builder a few a decades looks like the average gym goer today, and the Body builders today look like inflated balloon animals.  The fitness supplement industry has also skyrocketed because of this trend.  Protein powder, pre workout, and fat burners are flying of the shelves.  Some men take it to the extreme by using steroids. There are two body builders pictured below, one from the early 20th century, and the other is a modern bodybuilder.  The difference between the two are enormous.