Yesterday was apparently Love Your Body Day. It’s a shame we missed it, but it’s not too late to point you to this presentation by the US feminist group NOW, about the impact of advertising.

The whole presentation is really good, but I think the most effective bit is about how women are presented as passive and men are presented as active; and women are often presented as ‘prizes’ or rewards for male success. While it is now common for the wider media to point out how women are expected to be thin, and adhere to a specific beauty ideal, I think that less attention has been paid to how the media and advertising push a certain way of behaving as well as a certain way to look.