How the media affects women? Are they joking? The only women the media is attacking are conservative women. What a crock of crapola. Government to the rescue: Saving young women from low self body image POSTED AT 7:15 PM ON JULY 13, 2011 BY TINA KORBE PRINTER-FRIENDLY Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) have teamed with actress Geena Davis and the Girl Scouts of America to introduce and promote the Healthy Media for Youth Act, a bill to facilitate research on how the media affects women, create a grant program for youth empowerment groups and establish a National Taskforce on Women and Girls in the Media to set standards âthat promote healthy, balanced, and positive images of girls and women.â Itâs not that Iâm not sympathetic to the problem. I just donât think itâs the governmentâs role to solve it. By all means, Ms. Hagan and Ms. Baldwin, feel free in your free time (i.e. not on the taxpayersâ dime!) to lobby advertisers, TV and movie producers, magazine editors and others to feature âhealthierâ images of women. Buy Dove products to reward their âReal Beautyâ campaign. Give speeches to middle school girls. Or, copy First Lady Michele Obama and conspicuously order high-calorie shakes so anybody watching knows itâs OK to be less-than-skinny (just not OK to be obese!). However well-intentioned, this sort of legislation â just like recently proposed voluntary guidelines for marketing food to children â misses the mark. It reflects a kind of utopianism, a naive faith in the power of government to solve problems and a surprising absolution of parents and guardians, who bear ultimate responsibility for what media children are allowed to consume.