Our kids need to know that even the most beautiful of celebrities don’t look like their pictures in the magazines or on the screen. The reason they believe they can never be as beautiful as their most admired celebrities is that no one, even the celebrities themselves, can look that good in real life. For some time now we’ve been involved in an ongoing and healthy debate about the nature of beauty and the consequences of creating fantastic expectations of real people.
What I find interesting is that all of the videos below emphasize the unrealistic expectations placed on women to live up to the standards of female models and actresses. Are women the only ones so influenced? Could things like steroid abuse and eating disorders among boys also be tied to unrealistic images of men and masculine bodies? Where’s the advocacy for boys?