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Letters to the Editor

From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Industry Code on Body Image

State MPs are asking the publishing industry to adopt an industry code on body image (The Age, 9/8), to stop glorifying "stick-thin supermodels". This is akin to asking the captains of industry in fashion and media to pull out $50 notes and burn them. Can you see Calvin Klein or Kerry Packer doing that? Hardly.

Putting yet another government-funded program into an already-crowded school curriculum is not the answer either. No, parents should inoculate their children against these dangerous notions with a healthy dose of scepticism: "How does that perfect model make you feel? Inadequate? Well, that's how they make money off you." Sadly, this process must start earlier and earlier each year.



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