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“… so we went ahead and pieced together a new girl.”

By March 13, 2009 6 Comments

"(Lucky magazine) preferred her over this model, so we went ahead and pieced together a new girl." (click image to watch the video on NYTimes.com)

Jesse Epstein, the filmmaker who made the terrific short documentary “Wet Dreams and False Images,” is back with a video op-ed on the NYTimes.com. In it, she asks whether American magazine editors should be required by law to disclose how much they have retouched images in their magazines. Well, should they?

This guy retouches photos and tells about it in the video.

This guy retouches photos and tells about it in the video.

So why does it even matter whether magazines are showing retouched, fake women?

Here’s why: When the female body is edited beyond recognition (or created) by a photo retoucher, and women and girls see that as the ideal, chaos (and oh, self-harm) ensues for those women and girls. Examples:

  • cosmetic surgery carrying huge health risks (including death)
  • over-exercise (or “exercise bulimia”)
  • unhealthy, risky dieting
  • disordered eating behaviors (that may or may not mean a person has an eating disorder)
  • eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia (which, by the way, can cause death)
  • general, all-consuming obsession with appearance that takes our attention away from truly important parts of our lives

Know what I’m saying? Check out the video and let us know what you think. — Jennifer