From the article:
"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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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.