While the mass media all too often present us with oppressive images of ideal beauty and ideal bodies, some media forms are designed to challenge such unrealistic representations. One recent example of this is the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, that uses the images of women of a variety of ages, ethnicities and body shapes to advertise its products.
A number of excellent documentaries also challenge media representations of ideal beauty. One of the best is Jean Kilbourne’s Killing Us Softly 3. See the full list of films for other titles here.