Images of women in the media are manipulated so dramatically these days that it can feel like “beauty” is less and less attainable. Help your daughter resist media influence and see the real picture with our helpful action checklist.
Are you worried that your daughter’s expectations for her own appearance are unrealistic? It’s hardly surprising. Research published by Psychology Today, Ads Everywhere: The Race to Grab Your Brain, estimates that today’s teens are bombarded by 5,000 advertising messages a day. These can come not only via television and magazines but also via websites, blogs, social media, music videos and movies, even via their mobile phones. The way women and girls are portrayed in these messages, both literally (through words) and visually (in pictures), has a big impact on the way they view themselves and who they aspire to be.