Love Your Body Day!

Today is Love Your Body Day

LYBD Poster winner 2009

Marie Bushbaum, 2009 LYBD Poster Design Grand Prize Winner

 

Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror?

Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance?

Women and girls spend billions of dollars every year on cosmetics, fashion, magazines and diet aids. These industries can’t use negative images to sell their products without our assistance.

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Badvertising: the Case of Guitar Hero

Cross-posted to Bucking the Wave.

The problem with some advertising campaigns is that they aren’t that original to begin with and then they never change. Exhibit A, Guitar Hero. Their current advertising campaign involves putting various celebrities, athletes, and supermodels into collared shirts and tube socks and dancing around a big house a la Tom Cruise in Risky Business.

At first, I found these commercials moderately amusing. Look! Celebrities and athletes kickin’ it just like us regular folks by playing Guitar Hero. Even funnier to think about them dancing around their respective houses dressed like that. But then, I began to get a bit uncomfortable…

Why does Kobe Bryant get to wear long baggy shorts when Heidi Klum is put in lingerie?


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