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Old 12-04-2013, 02:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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"Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What's missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments." 

 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-bloom/how-to-talk-to-little-gir_b_882510.html 

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Old 12-04-2013, 11:12 PM
 
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I found this article a very interesting read!


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An interesting post although I liked what one person commented about little girls & tutus and how a good portion of little boys will run in with football pads or baseball jerseys etc. and want to be told they look cool too. I have a 4 y/o who loves to dress up: tutus, dresses, multiple layers, necklaces, bracelets, etc. I always let her pick out her clothes and of course compliment her on what she's wearing because I can tell she's so proud she picked out her own outfit. I also compliment her on her actions: when she's nice to friends, when she has extra good manners, when she listens really well etc. I think it's important to find a balance between the two but I don't think telling your daughter she's pretty or beautiful etc. is a bad thing. 

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Fascinating article, and reminded me of this video, which you may already have seen:

 

'Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.'

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zKfF40jeCA

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This is great and a hugely important topic for parents and non-parents alike! Reminds me of the documentary MissRepresentation (http://film.missrepresentation.org/). A great watch. 

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