As a father of two daughters, ages six and eight respectively, I’m becoming more keenly attuned to social and media issues that project the wrong image of what a woman is or should be.
Even though my daughters have a tremendous role model in their mom, it’s difficult to fight the competing societal onslaught.
Simply stated, our society is intoxicated with female celebrity, youth and sex, and because of our collective fixation on that superficially-false, unholy trinity of “womanhood,” young girls are socialized into becoming something they’re not.
I don’t want my daughters aspiring to grow up to be Paris Hilton, Brittany Spears or Lady GaGa or any other vapid misrepresentation that society’s tastemakers are pushing as the latest, ever-changing definition of femininity.
This is not a new issue and it predates the ERA movement; National Organization of Women; the Suffragist Movement….etc. However, the problem remains that despite all of that progress and advancement of women’s issues, things seem to be trending in the wrong direction for women – if the media is any kind of gauge.
In fact, singer/performer Pink wrote a song several years ago that echoes and laments the lack of strong female role models – here’s a link to the lyrics of her song Stupid Girls, which rightfully lampoons the shameful image of female super-starlets that is relentlessly foisted on the psyches’ of our daughters.
Despite this reality, all is not lost!
A recent Yahoo! story offers a glimmer of hope. In the link, you’ll see that STRONG female role models such as former eBay CEO, Meg Whitman and former Hewlett-Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina are being recruited to run for political office as Republicans. That is great news – even if you disagree with GOP politics. Here’s the link, http://tinyurl.com/24xjvko
Politics aside, we need to encourage and support strong female role models, whether they're Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin. Saying that, I fully realize that it’s ultimately up to us as parents to help our daughters maximize their potential as women, but it would be a refreshing change if society didn’t undermine our efforts at every turn.