Susie Orbach On Social Media Pressure For Young Women


Susie Orbach, feminist author of Fat is a Feminist Issue, says pressure for young girls to look a certain way is higher than ever due to social media. In her new book, In Therapy: How Conversations with Psychotherapists Really Work, Susie Orbach explains how the pressures are much worse than could ever be imagined in the 1970s. Currently, Orbach has been working on a year-long international campaign through her book to force major companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple to remove cartoon ads that target girls as young as six for cosmetic procedures such as liposuction. Orbach exclaims, “This is not just a problem related to girls and women, and it’s very, very profitable if you can destabilize people’s bodies.”

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Discussion Question

How does social media increase the pressure of body image and accomplishment on young women?


Action Item

Write down your favorite thing about yourself both physically and personality wise. Then, expand it into a longer creative work if you’re feeling inspired.


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