Excellence in Humanities Award Session

Presentation Title

Taking a stand: How women are saying no to Photoshop

Presenter Information

Aubrey BolandFollow

University

Shawnee State University

Major

English with a Communication Concentration

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

Presentation Types

Oral Presentation

Keywords:

Photoshop, mass media, beauty standards, content analysis

Abstract

The usage of Photoshop and other photo editing tools to severely manipulate and distort the physical appearance of women has been largely criticized within the past decade as mass media forms have grown. Many social media users have taken to popular applications such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok to express their dislike of these editing practices. Other research has proven how Photoshop and the continuous exposure to unrealistic beauty standards (i.e. the thin ideal) can have negative effects on both the mental and physical health of those absorbing these images. Using content analysis as my method, this research looks at and interprets data in the form of TikTok comments acquired from a popular body positivity influencer, Spencer Barbosa. This research seeks to examine how women engage with social media posts that are critical of Photoshop and photo editing.

Human Subjects

no

IRB Approval

no

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Marc Scott

Faculty Mentor Title

PHD

Faculty Mentor Academic Department

English and Humanities

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Taking a stand: How women are saying no to Photoshop

The usage of Photoshop and other photo editing tools to severely manipulate and distort the physical appearance of women has been largely criticized within the past decade as mass media forms have grown. Many social media users have taken to popular applications such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok to express their dislike of these editing practices. Other research has proven how Photoshop and the continuous exposure to unrealistic beauty standards (i.e. the thin ideal) can have negative effects on both the mental and physical health of those absorbing these images. Using content analysis as my method, this research looks at and interprets data in the form of TikTok comments acquired from a popular body positivity influencer, Spencer Barbosa. This research seeks to examine how women engage with social media posts that are critical of Photoshop and photo editing.