Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Untouchables

There has been a lot of focus on people in the media. Whether it is girls that are too fat, too skinny, or guys that are getting fatter or are on the juice. There always seems to be a scandal or an epidemic or a something. Let's just forget for a minute that there should be more important things to be concerned about then if Jessica Simpson weighs 15 more pounds than she did 5 months ago. ( I only say this because I saw it on a show the other day )

Everyone says that all these celebrities and models and what not are the cause of girls becoming anorexic or that they have this unnatural ideal of what beauty is and everything else that is bad about an attractive woman. We look at celebrities and we have decided that it is their job, whether they wanted it or not, to be the role model for our youth. Granted, I do think that they have some sort of moral obligation as people do look up to them, but at some point we need to take matters into our own hands.

This is likened to the debate whether or not violence in the media creates a violent kid, or if fast food is what's making us fat. Every day people are going to be bombarded with ad after ad of the latest this, or the best that. In that same time we are going to see violence, we are going to see hate, we are going to see all the mean nasty things that no one wants to be apart of. Maybe we should stop blaming the super model that we all worship for the reason that our children have unnatural eating habits. If you notice that your child isn't eating, don't be so quick to pull the trigger on those horrible celebrities. "It's their fault [celebrities] that my poor Britany is the way she is. How can she be expected to look like that?" Gee mom, I don't know, maybe you have some type of magical super power that can stop something like that. Oh wait, you do, it's called being a good parent. Kids are going to find out things on their own, and they are going to make up their mind on what they think is right. The best thing you can do is just talk to them. If they see a woman on the cover of a magazine and tell themselves that this is what I want to look like, then encourage them. Encourage them to be strong, to be a positive role model, to be healthy and to be the best they can be. Because that is what the person on the cover is being. If your daughter reads the tabloids and thinks that she has to be stick skinny to be hot, start talking, and stop blaming the media for turning your daughter anorexic.

I digress.... I thought I knew where this post was going, but apparently I turned it into a weird rant about parenting. Oh well, still good thoughts. I'll write the real untouchables post at a later date when I don't feel like I'm in a hurry.

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