Each month I receive several teen and women’s magazines to look over, and I immediately go through each one to tear out scads of perfume advertisements. My allergies react to the scented pages, and it is much easier to read the articles when I vanquish the perfume ads.
Recently I began thinking about how many advertising pages — perfumes and everything else — publishers cram into each issue that we read, knowing that almost all of them focus on female body image and portray unrealistic, and usually unattainable perfection. These days, so much of what kids see is digital, but these magazines still loom large in the lives of pre-teen and adolescents girls.
That’s about when my friend Renee, an educator colleague, shared this video. Check out how it illustrates just how many ads we see in our magazines. This is a good teaching tool for school or sharing with young people in your family or youth group. The group that made this video has also produced several others on the subject.