Who can tell me what these images have in common?

Stars of the Bratz TV series

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Disney’s makeover for Merida (from Spring, 2013)

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Elizabeth Arden ad “Beautiful gives her daughter something to look forward to.” (from 2012)

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10 year old model in Vogue (from 2010)

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Hint: If you were a Martian who landed on  earth, what would you think is valuable, important, or powerful about females of the human species? What would you think is important about females if you were a little girl looking at all this? And if you a boy looking?

6 thoughts on “Who can tell me what these images have in common?

  1. My answer: All images show females that what they look like is most important. They images also show boys that what girls look like is most important thing about them. Secondly, the limited definition of “beauty.” On Mars, Bratz are not “attractive” not to mention the child model or botoxed Merida.

  2. Yep- except boys are also told and shown that they are actually valued for something other than their looks- they can always be smart, funny, heroic, etc. For girls? Pretty is their entire value to society. THAT is why it is different.

  3. I don’t think Merida’s makeover is quite as bad as the other examples here, and I cringe seeing a real 10 yr. old girl in those shoes (ouch) and with that facial expression… she should be smiling, having fun playing dress-up, if anything. Ew, I just noticed how low-cut her top is… disturbing. Bratz dolls don’t bother me as much because they are SO cartoonish, more like caricatures than a look to aspire to… but I hate that they don’t have noses because I’ve always been self-conscious about my large nose and my daughter might have it… I don’t want her to question her self-worth for something so silly like I did… I saw that Elizabeth Arden ad in a magazine and nearly gagged. Clearly, the only thing important about growing up is growing physically attractive (UGH). What do you think about the messages sent to boys? They’re told they need to get rich and be smooth (or promiscuous?) like James Bond, or be built like a superhero… which most of them won’t be, either.

    • Yep- except boys are also told and shown that they are actually valued for something other than their looks- they can always be smart, funny, heroic, etc. For girls? Pretty is their entire value to society. THAT is why it is different.

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