On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, my sister came out of the brick building with the sign, “Walnut Hills Elementary -- Welcome Back Students!” on the front. She was smiling. When she got in the car, though, and remembered the events of the day, she frowned. She said, “I have a girl in my class. She is really sassy. She has all of these people who just follow her around. Today in class, she kept on putting on lip gloss every second! She was wearing eye-liner and blush and everything! She is so sassy! I don’t like her at all!”
I gave my sister a funny look and asked how old this sassy girl was. “I don’t know. She is in my class though, so she must be, like, six. “ I had to restrain myself from laughing. I had never heard of a six year old girl who re-applied lip gloss every second during class. I had never even heard of a 10 year old who did that. But I could tell that my sister wasn’t kidding.
This is just one example of the ridiculous things that girls do to appear attractive. So many girls in this culture are not willing to accept themselves the way they are. They think that in order to have any chance of looking good, they need to straighten their hair, wear eye make-up, blush, and other beauty accessories that transform them into another model of reality that is not reality.
Going back to my sister’s “Sassy girl,” girls as young as six see models and beauty-obsessed teenagers and begin transforming themselves. Forty to eighty percent of 10-year-old girls are going on diets so that they can achieve the “ideal” body form. (Social Issues Research Centre, National Organization for Women and National Institute on Media and the Family) Ten-year-old girls! Who wants to be walking around and be seeing super-skinny girls who literally starve themselves to be that way?! Eighty percent of females are also dissatisfied with their appearance (Social Issues Research Centre, National Organization for Women). This fear of appearance increases dramatically as these girls become adults. If this focus on appearance begins as early as age six, who knows how many more people will worry about this in the days to come?
Who knew lip-gloss could be such a dangerous accessory? Somehow, it has squirmed its way into our culture and taken over girls’ self-esteem and happiness. Everywhere I look, girls want to be beautiful and do not have confidence in their appearance. So how do they “feel better”? They take out the little lip gloss container out of their purse and re-apply it for the 7th time that day, so they “like” themselves. This makes the other girls bring their little lip-gloss container to school and re-apply it for the 13th time. What is to become of us?!!!
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