Sep 23, 2009


Wow, check this out:

French MPs call for "health warning" on photos of airbrushed women to protect against absorbing false images of beauty.

At first, I thought, "Oh please! I'm a grown woman and am educated in matters of media literacy." But, not everyone is. In fact, a lot of people are not and of those who aren't, maybe a little help with thinking critically about advertisements wouldn't be so bad. Adding such warnings wouldn't take away the ability or need to think critically of advertisements, and it just might plant a little seed of thought in the mind of young readers that the image they are seeing, and maybe wishing for, isn't all that it seems.

I might only add: Shouldn't men and boys be protected against this, too, though? Wouldn't everyone benefit from this sort of thing?

And, I can't help but wonder, on the heels of the announcement about French happiness as a national currency of sorts, what on earth my people are up to? Is a new French era upon us?

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