|Miss E - artistic, expressive, loyal, hard-working, conscientious, honest, great sense of humour, |
true to herself, authentic, brave, determined, self-disciplined, diligent, caring and creative
I came across a video today and it makes for a very interesting, powerful and scary watch. The video has been created by Girls. Girls. Girls. magazine and it shows Cynthia Nixon narrating the words of Camille Rainville.
"Don’t be too fat. Don’t be too thin. Eat up. Slim down. Stop eating so much. Don’t eat too fast. Order a salad. Don’t eat carbs. You need to lose weight. Go on a diet. God, you look like a skeleton. Why don’t you just eat? You look sick. Eat a burger. Men like women with some meat on their bones. Be light. Be little. Be petite. Be feminine."
To be truthful it made me feel sick, as these are the messages that I've heard for the last 46 years and my girls are hearing every day now. They are not new messages, but it is time for them to stop.
Girls, women, ladies, call us what you will. We are people, just like men are and as such we deserve to live our lives as freely as men do.
We can be who we want to be.
We can look and dress in a way that pleases us.
We do not have to conform.
We do not have to live up to your standards.
We have value and worth without doing anything.
We are lovable and likeable.
We are so much more than a body.
We deserve respect.
We are unique, every last one of us and that is exactly how God meant it to be.