[quote=Aliens;17420277]The skin and bones look didn't originate in Hollywood, it started in the fashion industry, they just followed.
Yes, but Hollywood has a much bigger audience, thus making itself a bigger opinion maker than fashion. Not everybody is watching the fashion industry (I don't know many heterosexual men or poor people who read fashion magazines), whereas practically everybody in the western world has watched a film.
[quote=Aliens;17420277]Teenagers are much more influenced by what they see, and peer pressure places a huge burden on them. I give the overwhelming majority of adults enough respect for knowing what they like in a woman and don't feel they are brainwashed, as evidenced by the postings I see on this board.
You said it yourself. Brainwashing happens when individuals are still too young even to comprehend it is taking place, so by the time we are adults it is too late to truly realise how deeply we have been affected by it. There are a lot of adult people nowadays who would think that classic Hollywood actresses like Marilyn Monroe or Jane Russel were fat by today's standards, whereas in their prime they were considered bodywise the epitomy of classic female beauty.