What is there to say? This is what we do to girls in this country and it has devastating effects on them, on us. They are born beautiful and then . . .

The onslaught of terrible images of their worth related to a beauty ideal, weight management, and self-loathing. In short, we make them things and not people. We care more about how women look more than who they are.

The thing about women is that we begin to participate, all of us, to some degree. I’m no exception.

This isn’t harmless. It manifests in us, females, as depression, anxiety, body image issues like anorexia or obesity, sexual acting out, objectification and self-sexualization.

We allow them to turn our bodies into objects and then to do it to our daughters. Our daughters deserve better than this. I know mine does. Mine deserves to feel valued for who she is not what she is.

I appreciate this as another tool to empower my daughter and yours.

59 replies
  1. Violet says:

    Thanks for the link. I’ve been seeing these messages start to manifest themselves in my nieces and 11yo sis-in-law, and it breaks my heart to see them doubt themselves, to doubt their value. I just want them to realize how amazing and beautiful they are.

  2. bmg_mom says:

    Wow. Thanks for posting that video. I doubt I would have seen it otherwise. Sad, sorry state, isn’t it?

  3. Tracee says:

    bmg mom,

    Yes, it’s sad and it’s sorry. We owe our girls and our selves better than this.

    Don’t you think?

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