DOWNSIDE SCHOOL LECTURE SERIES: NATASHA DEVON MBE

The Downside School lecture series continued this week with an excellent, thought provoking talk by renowned writer and campaigner Natasha Devon MBE.

Natasha’s talk focused on mental health, body image and social equality. Some of her examples talked about how our brains are tricked by modern media into reinforcing body image stereotypes and that we, as consumers of this media, can train ourselves to identify these tricks. Examples ranged from photo shopping of images not only in photographs but also in film to how advertisers manipulate us into buying products to attain a ‘perfect’ image.

The mixture of information and examples on social ideals, identity and mental health awareness was excellent for our pupils, especially in this new digital age.