"Will I be pretty, Mom?"
Has your daughter ever asked you that? Or, do you see the question in her eyes - and know that she will not ask it, for fear of the answer? What, really, is pretty? By whose standards? And, why do we continue to placate ourselves with this idea that "pretty" is the answer?
Over at the Women's Media Center, Sophie Turok has a post worth reading. She links to the video below... recommended viewing by Moms (and daughters) everywhere. Yes, that also means you...Auntie, and Dad, and Grandma, anyone else in your family who is or ever has jumped on the "will I be pretty?" wagon of social acceptance. [BTW, Sophie is an eighth grader... ]
**caution - one fairly 'bad' word - but really, in context, it has to be there**