Half of young women consider cosmetic surgery?!

Britain has banned two adverts by cosmetics company L’Oreal for being ‘misleading’. This is really good news. Congratulations to Jo Swinson who complained to the watchdog that the L’Oreal adverts were “not representative of the results the products could achieve” (Watch BBC’s Airbrushed make-up adverts banned).

BUT have people paid attention to her main point:

“There’s a big picture here which is half of young women between 16 and 21 say they would consider cosmetic surgery and we’ve seen eating disorders more than double in the last 15 years.There’s a problem out there with body image and confidence. The way excessive retouching has become pervasive in our society is contributing to that problem.” ( from her interview with the  BBC, also watch here).

Read more from the Guardian: Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson explains why she is so passionate about stopping the use of airbrushing in adverts.

Also see: Girlguiding UK urges teenage girls to think twice about cosmetic surgery

Two lovers by Reza Abbasi

Photo from: Collection Database, Works of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is a renowned Persian painting called Two Lovers, painted by a well-known Persian miniaturist (Wiki) Reza Abbasi (Wiki), and dated A.H. 1039/ A.D. 1630. The current location of this painting is Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (see here, here and the Museum’s Bulletin: here).

The ambiguity of this painting is really interesting. Are they a gay or straight couple? There are different opinions regarding the sexual orientations of these two lovers. Some argue that they are both male. I argue that they are a heterosexual couple. I believe that the one in the Brown attire is female, it could be understood from the feminine shape of her body—one of her breasts appears between their hands, and her wide female thigh and hip are pretty obvious too.