Critics raise free-speech concerns about a bill seeking to limit Photoshopping and other alterations in ads. Supporters argue that advertising is a special form of media since it exploits anxieties with harmful public health consequences for girls and women.
Protests in the 1970s against sexist advertising led to an outburst of female empowerment. But there was also a hyperachieving flipside, says Jennifer Nelson in this excerpt from the book “Airbrushed Nation.”
Maya Moore became the first female basketball player to be signed onto Michael Jordan’s Nike brand in May. The question remains if Nike will emphasize her athleticism or her looks, as often occurs with female athletes, in their marketing.