I retweeted this adverstisement earlier today from @History_Pics and I’ve been thinking about it off and on since then. This ad and variations of it ran from the 1940s to the 1970s. I’m not going to dissect it or laugh at it or try to belittle it.
I’m just kind of shaking my head, so my “timeless advice” is this: remember that no matter what year it is, there are people getting paid astronomical amounts of money to make you feel like whoever you are is not enough, whatever you look like is wrong, and that <insert product here> is the solution. Most of us suspect that we don’t fit in for whatever reason, and it only takes a little nudge one way or the other to convince us that THIS is finally that thing that will make us more normal or more attractive to those you want to be more attractive to or just happier and more fulfilled.
And if it doesn’t work (or even if it temporarily does), don’t worry. There’s a new product and marketing campaign just around the corner to let you know the new ways you’re failing and the solution to those problems.