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Sideswipe: The end of photo re-touching?

Jul 7, 2021

A law passed in Norway requires photoshopped photos to be marked as such. Everyone from fashion magazine feeds to influencers will have to ‘fess up.
The rules will affect any paid posts across all social media
platforms, as part of an effort to “reduce body pressure” among young people. Madeleine Pedersen, 26, an Instagram influencer from Moss in Norway says it’s “about time” the rules were changed and hopes the law will stop young people comparing themselves to unrealistic images. “There are so many people who are insecure about their body or face,” she says. In France, any commercial image that has been digitally altered to make a model look thinner has a cigarette-packet style warning on it. The government there sees persistent image-doctoring as a public health issue. Plans are also afoot in the UK “to make it compulsory for people to declare altered images”. In New Zealand, influencer Jess Quinn has petitioned Parliament wanting magazines and broadcasters to be forced to disclose image “retouching”. So far it has just over 10,000 signatures.

Gold parenting moments

1. “My kids will be late to school even if we live inside the school”.
2. “Whenever I get discouraged and want to quit something, I remember the words of my then 3-year-old after she puked carrots all over the living room floor: “I’m gonna need more carrots.”
3. “Reaction from my kids after explaining how sex works: “You’ve done this THREE TIMES?”
4. “Dad, isn’t it weird that the word chicken can mean an animal or a type of food?”
my kid, on the verge of making a horrific realisation.
5. I asked my son what he wanted for his birthday and my daughter yelled “MORE DEODORANT”, so now I have a favourite child.

A trend that needs to die

Non-toxic masculinity

According to the New Yorker, “he opens doors for women at work, but they’re metaphorical doors, like the ones that lead to promotions. He strictly follows all traffic laws when he plays Grand Theft Auto. His Sims world is a matriarchy. He does not have a Twitter account.”

Sparrows for dinner

In 1978 The Taiei Company of Japan contacted the US State Department looking for an American company willing to provide it with frozen sparrows “at regular intervals”. The company was ready to “give guidance on how to catch small birds and how to process them”.


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