Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dissatisfaction and the Idealized Man

This interesting article appeared showing that men are increasingly dissatisfied with their bodies. The stated cause is the images of idealized bodies shown in ads and the media in general which was listed as the top worry of young men in Australia. I

guess they are only catching up to what their female counterparts have to put up with ... but both appear to me to be a troubling manipulation by marketeers. They will naturally offer all manner of cosmetic remedies so that young men can stop their worrying and have hair in the right places and be baby-smooth elsewhere.

I don't know how we can be happy when we have a Greek chorus of these mass media manipulators telling we should be worried about trivial and superficial matters.

How are young formative minds supposed to cope with this negativity?