The bit you seem to miss it that I don't object to cosmetics ads. If people want to advertise a lipstick or mascara or whatever I don't mind in the slightest. So not sure why you keep arguing against me on that point. However if a lipstick claimed it prevented oral cancer when that is not actually the case.......then I may object. I'm simply against mendacity in any form of advertising.
Which has nothing/nada/zilch to do with anyone knowing better than someone else.
And the point that I tried to make, and that you continually choose not to see or accept, is that cosmetic advertising, the cosmetics industry,
isn't based on any
reality; it's based on wishful thinking and aimed at a target market that already understands that, but is happy to play along with it for many basic reasons that don't have
to have a solid basis in fact. It's dream-peddling, just as is fashion, pretty-girl calendars, and anything that removes the human condition from its somewhat miserable reality as one of the less attractive animals. There isn't any serious problem such as per your cancer example, in which case I would have agreed with you 100%.
As I think I said earlier, it's a 'crime' without victim, a game played by knowing and complicit partners, and they should be left alone to play it; it's not about lying to some innocent public at all: it, the cosmetics-buying public is anything but innocent and even more sceptical than you or I might believe.
Now, if something could help me grow more hair...