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Thesis statement: Emirati women have been influenced by the western media and them have gone to all ends in copying and using it in their lives, in the form of body image, appearance and lifestyle choices, which has apparently shown that they are doing wrong.x It is a fact known world over that the West has a huge influence in every field of life in every culture and country of the world. This is also true of the Emirati men and women who have been influenced by the West, especially in the way they dress and carry themselves. Furthermore, Emirati women and girls have used the ways of beautifying and grooming themselves to the fullest through watching and adapting to Western media.
Pros: Western media is useful to these women because it has a major role in helping them get awareness about the way they need to maintain themselves and it educates them about how other women around the world have kept themselves. The most basic benefit these women gain from western media is about their health and fitness as the west is more conscious about the way they look and how healthy they are. It is positive to see that women indulge in exercising and going to gyms or keeping gym equipment at home so they can remain healthy and physically fit. Many girls and women take to the advice given by fitness channels and blogs on their diet and they begin to control and measure their dietary habits by either giving up unhealthy food, limiting the food they take or by eating selective kinds of food. Some make sure that their BMI does not exceed the normal limit and they get conscious of it which is actually good because many women than in their older age become subject to diseases and health problems which are caused by unfit bodies and unhealthy diets consumed over the years. (Dajani, 2011).
Cons: However, according to many people, this obsession and blind following of the west has caused nothing but trouble to these women. Some have gone to extreme heights in maintaining the perfect body and physique that they have lost the essence of who they really are and how they should keep themselves rather than only following others. Many reported cases of young women starving themselves and losing weight horrendously have caused much alarm. Some do not even realize that losing too much weight at an early age is unhealthy as well. Moreover, there has been a startling increase in the amount of attempted suicides by young women because they do not have the perfect body even after they have exercised hard and long.
Refutation: This is however not always true because these women are educated and many of them are special cases who need to be told about how good they look even if they do not go to extreme heights of maintaining that great body image. (Plannedparenthood, 2014).
Cons: Also, these women have been criticized for the fact that they are losing touch with their traditions and values. The Emirati women are supposed to be clad in an abaya that does not reveal their bodies and covers them completely, but these women have taken to western dressing and clothing more readily than ever. Some only cover the head but wear untraditional clothes underneath. They are also obsessed with cosmetics and excessive use of makeup where they need to practice simplicity and modesty in appearance according to their religion. (Thomas et al.,2010).
Refutation: However, it must also be noted that women are free to choose what they wish to wear and this has been allowed to them by the society because of the stores and markets that are all over the Emirate states. Society needs to let them be who they wish to be because dressing is an individual choice and many women even wear the abaya over western clothes, so they are concealed anyway.
Dajani, Haneen. (2011). Body image pushing girls to attempted suicide. The National, Uae.
Retrieved (24 April, 2015) from http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/health/body-image-pushing-girls-to-attempt-suicide
PlannedPrenthood.org. (2014). Body Image at a glance. Retrieved (24 April, 2015) from
Thomas et al., (2010). Eating attitudes and body image concerns among female university