O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion....
(from To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church)
Robert Burns assumed that we hold higher views of ourselves than others do, but for many of us, especially women, the opposite problem can be devastating. Here's the latest from Dove's effort on behalf of all the young girls—and older women—conditioned by airbrushed and photoshopped media to see themselves as ugly.
You can see the sketches, and learn more, at Dove's site.
You can criticize Dove for choosing women who are all good looking in the first place. You can figure that the sketch artist let his knowledge of the program influence his sketches. You can complain that Dove's message still assumes that "real beauty" is physical. But even a small candle illuminates when the world is dark.