There were a few things that I thought about this morning that I had to add to what was said in the previous post. A little more about the issue:
So WHAT? What can we do now? How can we change the misrepresentation of women?
1. Support each other. The media tears us down enough as it is. We simply cannot afford to bring other women down.
2. Support your female leaders. Victoria brought up that there are more women in the legislature in Afghanistan than in the US. We need female leaders that are examples and role models for young women that let them know that they CAN be leaders. Side note: isn’t it disgusting how the media describes women running for office, it is always that they are very emotional and described based on their looks. Men politicians are never described by their legs/the way they dress/the b word etc. DO NOT join in on that.
3. Teach our young girls about the impact the media has on a woman’s ability to see herself as a leader and obtain a leadership position.
4. Teach our young men about the false objectification of women that is portrayed in the media. Teach them to respect women and value things about them other than their looks.
5. Do not degrade yourself in front of these young girls. Do not look at the mirror in disgust when you see yourself and point out your physical flaws, do not call yourself fat and do not put extra pressure on looks.
7. For me personally, I am done wasting time wishing to be different or to fit more into the medias mold of what I should look. I am sick of comparing myself to women that have had a million plastic surgeries, that are airbrushed in all of their photos, that have a professional that does their hair and make-up and can spend all day working out with a personal trainer and a personal chef to make them the perfect meals.
It has been a huge distraction in my life and I have wasted a lot of time worrying about my weight and looks. I will take this time that I spent thinking about those things to better myself, become a better wife/teacher/friend/runner and church member. This frees up a lot of time for things like more education, helping others and loving myself.
I forgot to link it in the last post for the trailer of Miss Representation, it is HERE. I will warn you that it is very graphic but it is all things that you see when you turn on the tv, anytime of day. It is shocking because the portrayal of woman in the media is shocking.
PS a running/food post will be up in just a few hours….