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Here's How Advertisements Might Look If They Stated The Things They Make Many People Feel

We're so inundated with images of "ideal" women that whether we intend for it to happen or not, those superficial images — and the ones we never see that might actually represent so many of us — can sometimes affect our feelings about our appearance and self-worth. I know the standard response is, "Well, don't let it bother you!" But that's easier said than done, particularly when we are bombarded with the standards from a very young age. This photo series, called "Stop the Beauty Madness," is intended to start conversations about ageism, racism, fat shaming, body image, eating disorders, sexuality, and more — all the madness that we're presented with regularly thanks to today's beauty "ideals."

Here's How Advertisements Might Look If They Stated The Things They Make Many People Feel

If ads (or a lack of certain types) displayed the words that we sometimes feel because of them:


If we could respond to the negativity, it might look like these:

And then, of course, there are the messages that begin for girls when they're very young:

Wouldn't it be nice if the images we saw better represented all of us? If you want, you can share this using the Facebook and Twitter buttons below.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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This article originally appeared on 07.11.17


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