I’m not sure this is completely true:
The unrealistic body expectations aren’t coming from men, they’re coming from advertisers because the good men, the mature men, the men you want for mates wrote me things like this, “In the end, what matters most to me is that she’s happy with herself. When she’s confident and feels free to be herself, I see the woman I love.”
Did the expectation come from advertisers, or are the advertisers merely a reflection of their customers?
Advertising, at its core, is a marketplace signal. It’s not in their best interests to spend money changing people’s minds about stuff. It’s in their best interests feeding their consumer base what that consumer base already wants to hear.
I would love to read a follow up article where you unpack that. Maybe it’s not men, and maybe it’s not advertisers either. Maybe it’s women.