As parents, we tell our young girls all of the time that they shouldn't try to define themselves by the images they see in the media. That beauty should be judged from within. And that they shouldn't let others tell them how to dress. But then we hear about preschool girls that already exhibit body image issues and first-graders who want to be "sexy," and I just can't help but wonder which message the girls are really getting.
So it was fascinating to watch this video of six middle school girls sharing their thoughts on media images of everyone from Nicki Minaj to Adele to Michelle Obama. In the video, which was put together by the American Psychological Association, the girls talk about the images of women they see all around them and how they feel about the way girls today are portrayed. They talk about the clothing that's made for girls today and how it makes them feel.
Definitely worth a watch
And be sure to check out these other MNN posts on girls and the media:
- 'Miss Representation': Documentary about women and the media debuts on OWN
- Teen girls and the sphere of influence
- Study: 30 percent of girls' clothing has sexualizing characteristics