Girls don’t just simply decide to hate their bodies, we teach them to

I found this little picture on a fitness page on Facebook.  I thought it was so spot on to our thinking on women in society.

Society does teach girls to hate their bodies.  We teach it in magazines.  We teach it on TV.  We teach it on the internet.  We teach it on the street.  We teach it at home.  We place a woman’s value on her figure rather than on her brain or her personality.  Little girls pick up on this at an early age and decide that they are not “okay” just the way they are.

I am sure there are men out there who do care about a girlfriend or wife’s personality in becoming a partner for them but I also think that at least 75% of men, if not more, place the worth of their girlfriend or wife on how she looks.  That in turn makes the man look better if he has a more attractive female on his arm.  I believe the majority of men would date or marry a woman with a less than desirable personality if she is really hot. The less attractive females get left our regardless of their brains or personalities. Girls pick up on this at a young age as well.  There have been some quotes from girls that they would rather be dead than fat.  I’m sure some adult women have said this as well (even if I haven’t seen the quote).

Someday I hope that we teach little girls to value themselves on their brains and personalities over the shape of their bodies.  I believe in teaching healthy living and fitness, but not placing one’s worth on it.

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5 Responses to “Girls don’t just simply decide to hate their bodies, we teach them to”

  1. So true Missy. I grew up fascinated by fashion and models and I still struggle with imperfections since I was so surrounded by airbrushed versions of women. I truly hope my daughter will appreciate her body for all that it does for her in terms of strength, health and function and not about looks and imperfections.

  2. I agree! My mom always made an issue about her weight and wouldn’t go swimming etc because of how she looked in a bikini. For a good 15 yrs I struggled with accepting myself and embracing fitness for how it made me feel about myself, rather than how it made me look. Great post!

  3. […] Girls don’t just simply decide to hate their bodies, we teach them to This is a bit of a rant, but an excellent commentary from my friend Missy on the media and body image. […]

  4. […] Girls don’t just simply decide to hate their bodies, we teach them to This is a bit of a rant, but an excellent commentary from my friend Missy on the media and body image. […]

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