WWJIJD to your self esteem?

I'm struggling with my skin color today.
I know it's the Daily Fail but still:

Action figures expose boys to unattainable and unrealistic body images

saps my will to live. 

Really, folks? Seeing people that are thinner, stronger, taller, better looking... this causes people to lose their minds? Right.

Unrealistic plasticity
"What would GI Joe do" to your self-esteem, I wonder.

unrealistic celestiality - children may dream of flying
Oh, dear. Now I feel bad about my hair.
Let's have a reality check: do children live at this absurdly fragile a mental state? Society values and rewards any number of qualities but we don't go mad from the want of the them. We don't get mental illness from exposure to unrealistic images or ideas; our mental illnesses use unrealistic standards to make us ill.

Eating disorders are deadly serious. Let's not trivialize them with specious connections that make no sense. We need to call B*&^s(*t on this crap.

** Oh, and this goes for Size Zero models and Barbies, too.


  1. I'm loving you on holiday..........

    So is this a rally cry to call the BS? xx

  2. Laura, are you in my neck of the woods?

  3. THANK YOU, Laura :) You rock. Truly.

    Makes me wonder what planet those 'experts' who harp on about the dangers of Barbie and GI Joe in the context of 'causing' eating disorders.

    Btw, I love the hair on the last picture.

  4. sometimes the comments in the Daily Fail are even more offensive than the journalism but in this case Alex from Sheffield has made an excellent point - he blames Eagle Eyes Action Man for there being so many shify looking 40 something year old blokes around - exactly. My favourite are the Bratz dolls - do they make children want to have hydrocephalus?

  5. Honestly, at first I thought the piece was a parody!

    Except for the marvelous gender equality of selling the same nonsense about boys as we do with girls, this IS b*ll*cks big time. (startling image, that)

    Lisa, we're up on a lake just south of the Canadian border enjoying loons and the relatively cooler evenings. A very welcome change of pace.


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