“What the media portrays about women, tells men…

…what to expect from women. Is that fair? Do women hurt themselves by buying into some of what the media says about them? As she walks her journey, she needs to remind herself that she is unique…special, and she needs to carry herself in such a way.” ~ Loving with Purpose

 

Some statistics for you:
  • 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number increases to 78% by age 17
  • 65% of women and girls have an eating disorder
  • 17% of teens engage in cutting and self-injurious behavior
  • Rates of depression among girls and women have doubled between 2000 and 2010

 

*Statistics from Miss Representation

 

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2 responses to ““What the media portrays about women, tells men…

    • Probably one of the best ways a parent can make their children feel good is to tell them what they should ‘expect’ for, and from, themselves.

      They should ‘expect’ to be challenged, so they grow and learn.
      They should ‘expect’ that others (men, women, friends, and acquaintances) should always treat them with respect; anything less than that is unacceptable. Also, they should ‘expect’ the same from themselves when dealing with others. Of course, they will run into times when someone doesn’t follow the rules, whereby an apology or disconnect from the person is in order. They will either know what to do in that situation, or they will know to come to you to find out what to do.

      They should appreciate. Appreciate what they have, what they have the ability to do, and what they are given by others. Having an attitude of entitlement is unattractive; being humble and grateful is much more satisfying to themselves and others.

      Although there are so many things to share with your girls, remind them that they are worthy. Their self-worth will be reflected through their self-esteem, so if you notice that they aren’t feeling good about themselves at one time or another, remind them of their worth. Through media, peers, and even family, girls can find reasons why they aren’t good enough. Help them to be independent at a young age (asking for what they need, taking care of their property, paying for some of their own wants) and they will transpire into women with high morals, values, and self-esteem.

      To take a line from the movie “The Help,” I started a trend with my grandkids. I have one of them repeating it to me on queue.

      “I am smart, I am kind, I am important.”

      Good luck with your girls and I enjoyed sharing my views with you. I may have to write an article on this subject….so thanks! 🙂

      Kimberly Mitchell

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