07 February 2006

Beauty Begins with Your Brain

In keeping with yesterday's day of praise, Dove corporation needs to be applauded with a standing ovation for their newest commercial that premiered during the SuperBowl. (Ok, no I don't watch football.) The ad shows various pre-teen & teen girls and taglines stating their insecurities about their body image.

Believe me, as the mother of a 12-year-old, its a sad reality of life. Hell, as a woman its a sad reality!! Our society places so much attention on some messed up idea of beauty! What happened to the ideal being natural, curvy women who looked like women? The fact that young girls suffer so much, and that it will effect them the rest of their lives, is pathetic. We need to not only have all girls & women learn to love themselves, and have that strength, but we need to change the mentality of boys & men. They are the ones who perpetrate this sick (literally) image.

I ask you to take a moment to encourage a young girl...even if its someone you don't even know. Stop a girl at the store and tell her she's beautiful...particularly if she is that geeky girl, or that chubby girl, or that shy girl. They are the ones who need to know they are unique and just as wonderful as everyone else...because they really are.

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