I love Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. The message is beautiful and inspiring. I first saw the above commercial in one of my classes at WKU. This one really got me. In that adorable little ginger, I saw both myself, as a child, as well as my sweet little Lilie.
I know I can’t keep her little and innocent forever. I honestly don’t even wish that. I do, however, wish her to be strong, confident and secure in who she is. I’ve learned so much, about advertising and mass media, in my classes so far, and one thing is for sure: the media has control over our girls.
Girls are so pressured, mostly by the media, to look and act a certain way. We are letting commercials, tv shows, movies, and celebrities control the maturing of our daughters. They are starting to wear make up, shave and strive for the attention of the opposite sex at younger ages.
What can we do to take back control? Lots of things.
I decided to research and read a few articles on this subject. Here is a list of just a few things you can do in raising your daughters to be a more intelligent, successful, confident woman:
- Avoid diet talk.
- Avoid talking about shapes and sizes of bodies.
- Downplay looks and emphasize actions.
- Mom, dctions speak louder than words. SHOW her how to be that woman.
- Dad, stop treating her like a little princess. Instead, point out how strong, smart and hardworking she is.
- Offer a wide variety of toys, ignoring gender restrictions/labels.
- Make time to talk and encourage them to talk about anything. For instance, don’t tell her she’s too young to think about boys. Make her feel comfortable to talk about ANYthing.
- Eat dinner at the table with the whole family as often as possible.
- I know we can’t completely shelter our daughters, but we do need to be more aware of what we allow them to see and watch.
Now, boys. When a group of over 2,000 third-twelfth graders were asked if girls had the same abilities and strengths as boys, only 29% of the boys said yes. Its time to start building our girls up through the male population, as well. Parents need to be more aware of how they are raising their sons to view females.
Want to read more? I found these articles.websites to be very insightful and very helpful. I encourage you to read more.