The Socialization of Girls

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We are socialized from the time our parents discover our gender. Maybe you’ve noticed a different reaction from people when you tell them you are having a boy vs. a girl. And, of course, this does not cease after birth; in fact, it gets much worse. Little girls are valued by how cute they are, as defined by clothes and hair, and sometimes even makeup (ugh). There is a temptation to compliment little girls on their cuteness, their adorable factor. This is detrimental in the long run.

Lisa Bloom’s article offers examples of how to talk to little girls without focusing on their appearance. From her book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, she reveals that 25% of young women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than win the Nobel Peace Prize. Additionally, she cites that 15-18% of girls under 12 regularly wear make-up.

Read Bloom’s article here.


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