Tired of the onslaught of unrealistic images that form the bulk of our children’s media diets? Here’s some new ammo: a video that simply and succinctly distills the entire problem into two minutes. The brilliant video is a satirical TV commercial for an amazing new product, offering everyone the opportunity to achieve the kind of perfection we see in celebrities and models. The miracle product can smooth out blemishes and wrinkles, erase years and pounds, and even change the color of your hair or skin.
What is this magical elixir?
Photoshop. For obvious legal reasons, the video uses an F instead of a Ph. But the message comes through loud and clear. “This commercial isn’t real and neither are society’s standards of beauty.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more useful tool to show children how the images of women they see are figments of the digital imagination. Watch it with your kids and explain the absurdity of comparing yourself to something that doesn’t exist. And while you’re at it, take down the whole damn beauty myth — the faux commercial format provides ample opportunity … especially if you hold out for the last line.
[via Dangerous Minds]
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