At least 5 times a day I read or see something that makes me think to myself: this would make an interesting blog post.
A few years ago I’d just sit down and write it up. Lately I’m more likely to
forget think about it (and ultimately skip it) or maybe post something on Facebook that someone else wrote. But today I read something; and I decided to do what I used to do more often—without thinking.
What I read about is called Spark; an activist movement organized by teenage girls. Their mission is to to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media—and to support the development of girls’ healthy sexuality and self-esteem.
Recently members of Spark met with representatives of Seventeen and Teen Vogue, popular magazines aimed at their age group—and also demonstrated against the use of air-brushing. Here’s more on what happened.
The bottom line is that it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing normal-looking girls in the magazines anytime soon.
It’s not earth shattering news but it’s pretty confounding considering a study that shows 75% of girls feel depressed about themselves after just a few minutes glancing through a fashion magazine—
75% of women my age feel depressed about themselves without even opening it.
The Spark girls are already making some progress. To me, what’s even more important than tangible results is the movement itself.
We’re living in a world with values so skewed that 80% of fourth grade girls have been on a fad diet; that teenage girls are more afraid of being fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents.
So how incredibly inspiring to see teenage girls taking a stand and taking on the fashion world.
It’s equally inspiring to think about their parents. Whenever and wherever you live, raising teenage girls can be…..let’s just say challenging. And raising a daughter with a healthy self image can be way beyond challenging when eating disorders are skyrocketing and self esteem is plummeting. So I salute the parents of Spark-ly daughters—- for presumably raising them to not only believe in their own power to light a spark that can change things; but to believe in themselves.