Friday, October 7, 2011

Motherly Musing

As the mother of a teenage girl, this struck me.  Modesty seems to be an "old fashioned" idea.  In the era of push up bras, bikinis that are barely there, and skinny jeans that leave nothing to the imagination, it is a tough concept to teach a child/woman.  Puberty hits earlier, and I am at odds to wonder if that is a nature or nurture issue.  With all that kids see in the media, do they just lose their innocence more quickly, thus ending childhood sooner?  Or with all the chemicals in foods or beverages, is this the issue forcing hormones to the surface sooner?  I don't know.  I am definitely not a scientist, though I live with one.  I think about the girls wearing those clothes, "Where was her Mom when she bought that?"  I don't have a great deal of influence over my daughter, but I do control the money buying her clothing.  Girls need more role models like Emma Watson (above) who portray smart, clever girls on the movie screen, and a gentile, modest yet lovely woman in real life.


Lori's Glassworks said...

I agree, there are very few positive role models for pre-teen girls. My grandaughters are at an age that media influnces are given more weight than motherly advice. How do we turn this trend around? Thanks for sharing.

The Hole Bead Shoppe said...

No children here and I can't image what it would be like to try and raise one in todays' world. Honestly, I wish the movie industry and media would STOP trying to make stars role models in the first place? They are people - just like us and very few of them do anything significant other than entertain us - which is exactly what they are paid to do...If I get my $8 bucks out of a movie or $5.00 out of a rental. I'm happy and leave it at that - I don't care what they do off the screen. And maybe that's where we make our mistake? They are for all intents and purposes - entertainers, athletes, game show winners?
Maybe we need to look at our Teachers, Military and local persons for a role model.

Pixybug Designs said...

I think the media is as out of control as the government is and they both lead to bad things!

Lori, short of locking yourself in a cave, I don't know how to avoid the media, aside from not watching, listening, or reading it. However, I like to think we can counter balance it with more "positive" media. Things that provoke deeper thoughts and conversations.

Kelli, I agree with your statement too, it is pretty sad that bad behavior is so rewarded and yet the good that so many do each day is never noticed or rarely recognized.

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