I stumbled upon this video I felt like sharing.
The speaker is Jean Killbourn and she has been talking about the subjects regarding the image of women in mass media for years. It seems to be a topic that is “well-known” but has no traction when it comes to people wanting to solve it which is understandable. It is both an issue that is hard to see, easy to ignore, and has so many roots in our society that simple and easy fixes can’t work.
It is not like we can make laws outlawing the digital manipulation of people for advertising purposes. It is a nearly impossible to enforce such a law and could be easily abused, not to mention first amended right issues. Other solutions might be education and counter-advertising but these are just small pushes at trying to effect a change on a societal level.
But every change begins somewhere. So education it is. Hence my sharing of the video above. Do you agree or disagree with anything she said? Can you think of personal experiences related to use of over-idealized female images in advertising? Or do you think the effects are being overblown?