This study demonstrates that it only takes 60 seconds of exposure for us to change what we think is attractive. We need to understand how our brains work, how we are easily fooled, and how we are influenced by what we see around us every day in the media. We need to have conversations with our kids about it regularly. We need to make sure they aren't admiring and copying and emulating what they see, especially if it's not age-appropriate.
To the teenage girls out there, I say, think about it... if you perpetuate these unrealistic body types (hello, thigh gap anyone?) and mature makeup and nails and clothing that you wear just because that's what you see, it just makes the boys see it, too, and then they start thinking that's what's attractive because that's what they're exposed to, instead of what's real and right in front of them... you. You're creating the very thing that makes you insecure by perpetuating the unrealistic, filtered, airbrushed on-screen and online images into your everyday world, through your clothes, and your makeup, and your selfies.
Most importantly, we need to make sure there are many MANY MANY more healthy and realistic role models in our lives and our kids lives than what can be seen on TV and online, and we need to encourage advertising that is a truer reflection of the genuine beauty that lies within ourselves and our children.
It's a miracle McDonald's didn't go right out of business.
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I am a mother of boys. I am a March of Dimes mentor for preemie parents, a La Leche league member, a NOMOTC member, a small business owner, a former legal secretary/current legal transcriptionist, and a perpetual college student. I am a geocacher, a Saints fan, a fantasy football enthusiast, and a ukulele player.
I firmly support marriage equality, religious tolerance and the right to abstain from having a religion altogether, and I am a vigorous supporter of the rights of women and children everywhere.
Still, there are days when I feel like just a restroom attendant without a tip jar. :)
- Rutgers University (Cook College/School of Environmental and Biological Sciences)Microbiology
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