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"Real" Beauty Not Appealing

The Dove "Real Beauty" ads are experiencing a backlash. One was even banned by the FCC.

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Should marketing towards women induce self-loathing or self-lathering? Add some thigh-firming cream to the mix and it seems like feminism just gets more confusing every day. Here are some links to further convolute the debate.

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