Thursday, December 22, 2005

Science of the beauty myth

Via Sean Carroll at Cosmic Variance, we have this link to a Flash animation that shows how to "turn a photo of an (already attractive) young woman into magazine-cover material".

At the end of the demo, its creators say:

[...] This photo (featuring 14-year old Lynn) is a good example of how easy it is to alter a photo so it suits the beauty ideals of the media world.

We cannot stop the photos but we can make you aware that many of them are based on a lie. Because of this, it is impossible to compare yourself to them.

The demo from the Girlpower project (of the Government of Sweden) asks people to spread the word. I would recommend shouting from the rooftops.

In any case, just blog it!