For the past few days, as I've sat for hours in front of a flickering computer screen in my New York apartment, growing ever more pasty and pudgy, I've taken real delight in this awesome online tutorial produced by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. By exposing some of the technological tricks the media uses to retouch photos, the MHSA says it hopes to point out the prevalence of the practice and to raise awareness of "how easy it is to alter someone's appearance" to fit idealized beauty standards.
Got a nasty zit? I highly recommend you jump on the MHSA site and watch their model's flawless skin turn spotty. Feeling a little thick around the middle? Move that cursor and add a few inches to her willowy waist.
It's perversely pleasurable -- and cheaper than therapy.