imconfident

I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Now is the time for change

on April 13, 2013

Sad Teenage GirlMy passion is helping others and it breaks my heart when I see people being hurt in any way.   There are so many broken people in this world that have been abused, ignored, bullied or treated badly in some way.  I know how it feels because I have experienced a lot of pain and hurt in my own life.

One issue that bothers me greatly is how the media promotes beauty and body image.  It has been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that people are affected negatively by what they see on TV and read in magazines.  Yet nothing is being done to stop this from happening.  What are the negative affects?

  • Children are learning at a very early age that their worth and value are linked to their sexuality.
  • Men see women as objects instead of real persons and treat them with disrespect
  • Women are losing their unique identity.
  • People are becoming more aggressive and violent acts are being committed more often.
  • People are being desensitized to violence and don’t see that it is a problem

The American Psychological Association did a report on the Sexualization of Girls.  Research links sexualisation with 3 of the most common problems for girls and women which are:

  1. eating disorders
  2. low self-esteem
  3. depression or a depressed mood

You can see the full report by clicking here….  http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/girls/report.aspx

It would probably be impossible to stop the media from producing anything harmful, but we all should do what we can by bringing attention to these issues and helping our children.  We can:

  • set a positive example for our children by not obsessing about our looks and wearing clothing that is considered ‘sexy’
  • teach solid values and morals
  • teach children to respect themselves and others
  • get involved and show interest in their activities
  • be aware of what they are watching on TV and the internet and what they are reading in magazines and books
  • discuss how the media distorts the truth
  • talk about the pressures to wear certain clothing or look like someone else
  • encourage them to be unique and not follow the crowd
  • encourage them to stand up for what they believe in
  • teach them not to judge others for how they look or judge themselves based on someone else’s ideas
  • voice your opinion by sending letters to companies, writing blogs, submitting an article to your local newspaper
  • join an advocacy group or organization

It’s time to stand up and make some positive changes in our world!!  Communicate with your children and help them understand how the media wants to make people feel bad just so they can make a lot of money.    The following video clips called, Killing us Softly 4, were created by Jean Kilbourne, who is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the subject of women in advertising.   There are 5 clips in the series.

http://youtu.be/MnDOdG0U07I

http://youtu.be/sZ80GaNIPOQ

http://youtu.be/Oq6WO18KpPc

http://youtu.be/XVu40iEmeCY

http://youtu.be/KbW7-cBWN3I

 

 

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4 responses to “Now is the time for change

  1. rusty says:

    Agree with your post. Just want to say that the focus should not be on body image but rather on a healthy lifestyle of exercise and nutritional food. The glow from a healthy lifestyle is the best body image.

    • imconfident says:

      You are right. I totally agree that people should focus on a healthy lifestyle. The problem is, the media makes such a big deal about beauty and body image that people can’t see beyond this to a living a healthy lifestyle until they are confident about their body image.

  2. Clair Casserly says:

    Hi I am writing regarding the image on your website under the title of “Now is the time for Change”. I am a nursing student and we are currently creating public health posters as part of our degree. We would very much like your permission to use this image on our poster and of course we will reference where the image came from. Please could you drop me an email to let me know if it would be ok for us to use this.
    Kind Regards

    • imconfident says:

      Hi Clair,
      Most of my images come from Microsoft Office Clipart, as this one did. I don’t think there would be a problem using it for your poster. Their images are free to use as long as you aren’t selling them.

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