I just read this New York Times article about how a software program can detect whether photos have been photo-shopped or not. This is a big deal since much of the advertising that we see on a daily basis is fake. We all know that it creates this false notion of what beauty looks like, and how women are expected to strive towards this.
I also read that there are groups focused on Congress passing a Self-Esteem Act, which would label altered photos in advertising. Essentially, we would be able to know that an ad was fake. Obviously, marketers and the media will fight this. However, this an excellent political action that overlaps that Barbie workshop.
If students are interested, we could have them write letters to their congressperson or state senator(s) and ask them to support this. Any other ideas or thoughts?