What is Beauty?
Posted March 4, 2011on:
What is beauty? Unfortunately, this is a question that many young girls ask themselves on a regular basis. Because of the media, “86% of teenage girls are on a diet or believe they should be on one” (Nault, 2005). Many young girls want to be skinnier, wish they didn’t have freckles or glasses, long for prettier hair and facial features, take make-up lessons at a salon, and plead their parents to buy them the latest fashions. Why do girls think and do such things? And why are they growing up so fast? Because Glamour, Cosmo, and Vogue magazines show “happy”, airbrushed women with “flawless” bodies and features. Because television and movies portray women who appear to be comfortable in their own skin. Because music videos show women with “perfect” bodies, “perfect” curves, “perfect” hair, and “perfect” make-up. No wonder teenage girls have such low self-esteem!
Here are some resources that discuss the media’s influence on young girls. These websites, essays, and blogs will be valuable for teachers and parents who have a genuine concern for children who preoccupy themselves with beauty and a need for social acceptance:
- Teenage Girls + Media = Low Self-Esteem
- Teen Magazines Send Girls All the Wrong Messages
- Friendship, Body Image and Dieting in Teenage Girls: A Research Report
- Teen Health and the Media
- Body Image and Self-Esteem
- How to Raise Girls with Healthy Self-Esteem
- Should Teen Girls be Wary of Social Media?
- Media Messages to Adolescent Females
The following Dove commercial shows young girls who wish they were prettier in some way. How can we teach our female students that they are beautiful both inside and out? Is this even our place as teachers?
Please share your thoughts with me. This is a topic that I hold dear to my heart…