|What some people|
will do for beauty.
While Mattel has been pressured into making average looking Barbies to avoid giving young girls body image issues, cell phone companies are pushing technology to make phones thinner and thinner. Every ad for new cell phones is bragging about how much thinner they are than the previous version. Everyone is saying “Thin is beautiful” and there’s a huge market for paper thin cell phones. What kind of message is this sending to our children? Women might have gotten Barbie dolls with realistic proportions, but their next battle is not with Mattel, it’s with Samsung. They’ve won a slight battle with getting the LG Flex curved phone made, showing that “Real phones have curves” but more needs to be done. We need to teach girls that it’s okay not to be super thin. It’s okay to eat the foods you want and you shouldn’t have to starve yourself to reach an unrealistic standard set by dolls or a Gionee Elife S 5.5’s that is just 5.5 millimeters thick. We’re sending mixed messages to our young people. Is thin desirable or not? If it is then we have to make it obvious we’re talking about thin PHONES not thin PEOPLE, or thin DOLLS not thin PEOPLE. You have to spell this out for kids and make sure they understand or else it has the potential to ruin lives.