I don't normally post on the weekend, but I wanted to take the time to enter a submission into the Seventeen Magazine Project "Hey Mainstream Media" movement. You can read about the movement here and I strongly encourage you to do so. We are all affected by the unrealistic ideals that the media perpetuates on a daily basis, even if we're not aware of it (and even if we're not impressionable teens anymore). Some changes need to be made to the images and languages used and an approach that is more inclusive of different races, sizes, shapes, sexual orientations, physicality and personality needs to be used. Not to mention that it should not be assumed that we're all mindless morons who need to be spoon-fed dumbed-down information (sure, there are lots of those out there, but most of us are fairly intelligent, free-thinking persons; in fact, projects like this are proof of that). We can handle the truth (we are the truth). We are all different and unique and that should be celebrated and acknowledged in a positive way.
Please read up on this and spread the word - the only way to make change is by joining together and questioning; saying "we're not going to take it anymore".