'Real Beauty' is nice, but real beauty is unfair
Virginia Postrel, writing in The Atlantic, takes on the subject of real beauty and Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign. Postrel also writes about the subject on her blog. Here's a bit of it: "I'm sure the article will enrage many readers, since lots of people seem to believe that recognizing the excellence of others requires denigrating oneself. But it shouldn't be any more offensive to say some people are more beautiful than others than to say that some people are taller, or smarter, or more agile than others. The genetic lottery isn't fair, and the truly beautiful are genetic freaks. Nor do I see how pretending that everyone is beautiful or, worse, that beauty is the same as personality or character or goodness makes for more happiness. "
As seen on Lileks.com
They used that product to clean what?!?
Ah, the good old days of print advertising, in which one woman could accuse another of stealing her husband. But unless you have a really good memory or an odd sense of humor, you don't know how the ad, featured on James Lileks' blog, ends. Let's just say it involves feminine hygiene, delicate body parts and a product that should never be applied to them. Note to magazine and newspaper publishers: You start running ads like these again, people will buy your product just to get a look at this sort of creative.