Little girls and artifical beauty

I teach in an Arabic school. Girls from Grades 5-12.

Theres so much I see that is wrong. And that shouldn’t be happening. One of the things that really got me saying “why?” was a grade 6 girl with her hair dyed blonde. All of it.

Im sure this girl didn’t go get it done alone. Im sure her mother was with her and she was probably the one who took her to go get it done. Although whose idea it was to get it done in the first place, I will leave to the benefit of doubt.

So what is wrong with an 11 year old dyeing her hair? Lots of things. The girl is just 11. A pre teen. Even before the pressure and self esteem issues of teens related to beauty and physical appearance start, her mother is already messing with her head.

Why would you already want to encourage ideas that tell her she can and possibly should change her appearance? Why on God’s green earth would you let her change her physical appearance to ape something/ somebody else? Why would you tell her to change her natural self and body? Why would you not tell to her to be comfortable how she is? Why would you not tell her she needs nothing else to look pretty, because she already is? Why would you expose her to a world of artificial beauty, before she actually gets to an age where she eventually learns to be a part of it or gives in to all of it? WHY?

In an era of photoshopped pictures, contoured faces and over hyped makeup, this is the last thing we need to push our girls into. Trust me, they have enough of this waiting as and when they grow older. Let them be innocent and perfect, till the world takes away both those things.So, while they can, let them just play dress-up and not makeup.

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6 thoughts on “Little girls and artifical beauty

  1. You are so correct at putting this idea up. Little girls are maligned by such activities, I see many examples around. Internet and television were enough to complete their role of distracting. Now , pre teens have this sensibility of how’s and what’s of makeup. Pity thing! Really very sad.

  2. Absolutely agree! As a child entering her teens, she will have to deal with peer pressure, confusion, identity crisis etc anyway. It comes with the package. What she needs is a lot of confidence boosting and reassurance from her parents, not a mother telling her that her hair color is not good enough. Ugh. Feel bad for this kid. And many others like her.

  3. Gosh I couldn’t agree more !! This is something I see around me and wonder about too, Like where are we going with this? All we are doing is lowering self esteem rather than empowering women to be who they are by promoting to physically alter there appearances to be what? More Perfect? It’s baffling and saddening at the same time. *Sigh*

    • Who decided what perfect was anyway? How does perfect even exist? naturally i mean, not with coloring and shaping and contouring and what not!

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