A rare 1913 silent film about Abraham Lincoln discovered in New Hampshire barn The Washington Post Take a look at an interesting article we found.
ABC bans plus-size Lane Bryant ad (photos, video) Girls' body image debate gather.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Spain boycotts cult of the body sharpideas.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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April 27, 2010
In case you haven’t heard, Spain has put principles before profits, and stepped up its fight against what the government sees as forces that push girls into anorexia or bulimia.
They've banned what they call "cult of the body" advertising on television until children have presumably gone to sleep.
The ruling states:
"Broadcasters cannot carry ads for things that encourage the cult of the body and have a negative impact on self-image – such as slimming products, (which also feeds into image) surgical procedures and beauty treatments – which are based on ideas of social rejection as a result of one's physical image or that success is dependent on factors such as weight or looks."
Who's up in (beautifully shaped, of course) arms?
The beauty and hygiene sector, the third biggest spender on TV advertising in Spain with about €500m in 2008, affecting some 7,000 advertisements for dieting products and special treatments for slimming, cellulitis or other "body worship" products.
Not that we can lay the blame on body image problems to just modern times.
It goes back a ways.
Tableaus from ancient Egypt show scantily clad women's bodies, all looking perfect.
In the 19th century, women were outfitted with corsets to hide "the body's flaws."
The flapper look emphasized small breasts, thin waists and narrow hips.
In the last fifty years, little girls were given skinny mini Barbie dolls as role models.
Today, young woman are bombarded with messages telling them they should be thinner, taller and look hot in skinny jeans.
Eating disorders are out of control. Self-esteem problems abound.
Of course anything about government interference produces our friend, the knee-jerk reaction.
But, after all, we've regulated cigarette and liquor advertising.
And, as the BBC points out, studies have found that the media has played a huge role in the development of negative body images.
Don't get me wrong; I think eating sensible, taking care of your body, is a good idea. Living up to someone else's ideal is not.
One thing I do know; I can always count on our community to reflect on any topic, with unfailing insight.
National Eating Disorders nationaleatingdisorders.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Advertising and how it impacts women academon.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
The History of Female Body Image femalebodyimage.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Who perpetrates the idea of physical perfection the most ?