In a lot of cases, it was people who just could not make the distinction between the person they saw on TV, and the person who was in the grocery store, just trying to make dinner…. She is on a private holiday but has paused briefly in Sydney to talk about her latest project, a book tentatively titled So Sexy, So Soon: Can you imagine a man walking into a shop and asking for a size zero? Her co-author, Diane Levin, an early childhood expert and professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston, has lectured extensively in Australia and together they are immersed in exploring and documenting a global advertising phenomenon that is worrying academics, doctors and parents throughout the Western world. At the end of the day it may have been easier for me to shrug it off, but it made me keenly aware of the horrible abuse to which public figures are subjected. Many times, it can be a wonderful thing.
Meanwhile, Barbie has moved from the ballroom to the bedroom:
In department stores, shelves stacked with bibs and bottles sit alongside racks of minuscule high-cut string bikinis, midriff tops and hipster jeans. I read this and came close to weeping.