Ideal hostility: Meanwhile, a University of Toronto study shows Canadian women who read magazines full of advertisements featuring skinny female models suffer more from low self-esteem than those who don't. The problem had been recognised intuitively, but not scientifically until now, said psychiatrist Leora Pinhas. "If you like clothes, make-up and fashion, the only way you're going to get those magazines is to tolerate these skinny models, because what else are you going to buy?" Researchers quizzed 118 female university students on their moods, body satisfaction and eating patterns. A week later they were asked the same questions after half of them had viewed a series of ads from popular women's magazines. "The experimental group responded immediately with depression and hostility after viewing the ideal woman shown in these ads," she said.
Moral failures: More than 10,000 Bangladeshi students sitting college finals have been expelled for copying from textbooks, demanding the right to cheat in exams and beating up teachers. Violence over two days during the Higher Secondary Certificate examinations included the stoning of teachers by students, setting examination rooms on fire and assaulting invigilators. Students angry at not being allowed to cheat inside exam halls tore up questions, snatched away answer sheets and assaulted the monitors in the northern Sherpur district, police and officials said, adding that similar incidents had occurred at various other centres. Dr A.T.M. Sharifullah, chairman of Dhaka Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, said he felt distressed by the growing trend of using unfair means in examinations. "I guess the main reason for such practices was a lack of moral values in the students," he added.Reuse content