Are Parents to Blame for the Sexualization of Our Girls?
The American Psychological Association has taken a look at this American focus and found that virtually every form of media studied showed ample proof of the sexualization of women. They agree that the messages being sent to our girls are so pervasive and damaging that they’re having a very real effect on girls’ mental, physical and emotional well being.
I see this daily in our school settings. The numbers of girls experiencing mental health issues centering on low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders are on the rise. Where is this coming from? Are the social pressures to be thinner, sexier, and boy-obsessed having an influence? Is the fact that these messages are not only being sent to our teens and pre-teens but also to our elementary-aged girls a factor? Who is to blame? The media? Parents? Schools?
Or all of the above?
Our society is changing rapidly. Our girls are not being taught to value themselves for their creativity, or their intellect, or their individualism, or their ability to do and think for themselves. They are being taught to value ‘sexy’ .
Isn’t it time we take a stand and begin the task of sending new messages to our girls? As parents we can teach our girls what to value. We can encourage them to critically pay attention to what the world is trying to tell them is ‘valuable’ for them. We can and we must arm our daughters with the skills to be successful, strong women.
As parents we can be blamed or we can do all we can to undo these degrading, demoralizing messages. Check out this article at the link below and then download my free eBook. This one small step taken today will be one giant leap for your daughter’s future.