I’ve talked about my daughter a lot lately. Today I realized how much life is geared toward the skinny girl. A lot of the girl’s in my family have dealt with image issues. Whether it was weight or their looks. It was always something.
On Monday my daughter and I went to the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. It was here, walking past the mannequins and models in their skimpy clothing I had my first realization how screwed up thing are for little girls.
I know I’ve been on this planet for 36 years, but walking past the displays of the skinny girls and skinny mannequins I realized how things really are. I’ve read about how things are. But watching my daughter look at the pictures of the models I could see her little brain working. And I’m afraid she may think it’s okay to be super skinny.
Before I had a daughter I saw the stuff on the news about it, but I didn’t think about it until I had a daughter. Now that I’ve walked with her past the displays, watched her looking at the pictures I’m understanding a little more. I never believed it was as bad as my wife, sisters, mom and friends said it was, damn I was wrong.
They want all these little girls to be supermodels when they’re just little girls. A prime example of this is the ridiculous “Toddlers and Tiaras”. That show speaks volumes about how destructive life can be for a little girl if their mom is brainwashed by the media.
The media should do more to fix this, they won’t they still want their money from the advertisers.
The advertisers want to sell the diet pills, diet drinks and their clothes to the “Ideal” woman. I’ve never cared much for the ideal woman. I guess that comes from being around my sisters.
The change in clothing sizes is a big problem, now they’ve changed it for guys too. That is a disturbing thing. When guys go to get jeans and they think their size has changed they usually don’t freak about it, at least I don’t. But girls changing sizes, there’s too many problems with this.
At Old Navy they don’t even sell a size 1 that my wife wears. My wife is 5’0″ and it petite and she has the same issues as every other woman. She’s just smaller in frame. I’m sure my daughter will be the same as my wife.
I hate that I’m only starting to understand how bad it is. I feel like I’ve failed my sisters in some way. I know they may not think so, but I do.
I’m going to teach her that what she sees in the media isn’t the normal. It’s warped idea of what is normal.
We place an emphasis on looks because that’s what we’ve been told to do by the media.