Wednesday, January 26, 2011
There are moments in life that something really gets you thinking, it changes your outlook on life and makes you stop in your tracks. I love when those moments come. Yesterday I was reading an article in Redbook called "Little Girls Gone Wild: Why Daughters Are Acting Too Sexy Too Soon." If you have a daughter or may someday have a daughter, you MUST read this article.
You know I look at Makenzie's perfect self, I caress her sweet cheeks, touch each finger and brush back her hair and think, "Someday she will probably dislike, maybe even loathe, something about herself." That seriously makes me so sad. I hold this being in my arms that is absolutely perfect, perfect because God made her who she is, perfect because really what is a physical "flaw" anyway? I pray that somehow, despite this vicious, yucky world, she will love herself, not as the world may think of loving yourself but love herself because she is the daughter of the King, because as I mentioned in another blog post, she is more than the sum of her parts.
Although not written from a Christian perspective, it brought up a lot of societal issues that face our young girls and how it is damaging them. I haven't completely decided where I stand, this article brings up issues that may be controversial to many parents. Essentially it talks about the possible harm of dressing up as princesses, playing with BRATZ dolls, going to get facials and manicures at a young age and the danger of watching TV. Now please don't immediately get defensive and write this article off. You have to read it to truly understand what the author is saying. It's not the act of these things, it's the underlying principle, for example, many times girls are praised for their beauty and boys for their smarts. I ask you to read this article with an open mind. I hope that you will share your thoughts, whether in agreement or disagreement, because I'm really interested in talking this out with others.