This note was written by a seven year old girl. Her mom found it. It’s a weight loss journal entry.
The paper outlines her daughter’s weight-loss plan and reads:
17 pooshups 2 times a day
16 star jumps 2 time a day
2 keewee froots
5 glases of water
Rid my bike 3 times a day
Rariry a meniy thing as you can find
Jog/run up and down the driv way 3 times
I don’t care if you’re a dad a 20 something year old or a CEO–you matter. You’re not doing enough. As the media becomes more powerful women are becoming meeker and meeker. To be a frail, small and quiet woman is to be the beauty ideal. Don’t believe me? Turn on any technology device. Look at the women. What do they look like to you? What kind of world will this be in 20 years?
It will take YOU–the person who feels this isn’t their problem–speaking up.
Every time you don’t speak up, you’re part of the problem. Every time you don’t say something when the following happens….
You’re at a party and someone makes a comment about how “fat chicks” are disgusting.
You gawk at other women and objectify them.
You make comments about a woman’s looks.
You tell your daughter if she’s thin she’ll have more options for marriage.
You work in public relations, advertising, or entertainment and you don’t put normal looking women of average weight in your media.
You don’t put even 1 woman on your event’s speaker faculty.
You don’t throw the softball with your daughter at the park.
You don’t teach your daughter math.
You hold your son to higher intellectual standards.
The Sheryl Sandberg Lean In project has generated a huge stir among women, but why aren’t men talking about it? Where are they in the conversation? We can either brainwash our girls into hating themselves–and creating an even scarier civilization with self-hating mothers–or you can help bring about change.
“You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.” ~ Hillary Clinton