Video Pick: Women’s Body Image

Video Pick: Women’s Body Image


Dove posted a web video on YouTube that teaches a vital lesson about how people, and particularly women, view themselves compared to how others see them.

A former forensic artist for the San Jose police department met a series of women and asked each to describe the way they look. He was behind a curtain and had no way of seeing them. He asked the women to describe themselves, their hair length, facial structure and their most prominent features. He then sketched each participant from their self-description.

Each woman was asked before the study to get to know one of the other participants. The forensic artist then prompted each woman to describe the other woman’s face.

At the end of the video, the artist reveals two sketches — one from the participant herself, one from their partner. The differences are remarkable.

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