This isn’t really anything that most women didn’t already know:
Some researchers have looked into female self-degradation and found that women tend to treat the practice of making derogatory comments about your own body as mandatory. (Hat tip, Lisa in KS.) Hating your body is considered a baseline behavior to demonstrate that you are not exhibiting threateningly high levels of self-esteem.
Why is this? For women, even ridiculously gorgeous women, to be thought of as stuck-up or full of oneself is instant social poison. On the other hand, humility and modesty are virtues that seem to be disappearing in our society. “Ambition” to a young girl now means wanting to become a member of the Pussycat Dolls, a group of dubious talent whose dance moves would make a stripper blush. So why are so many women covering up their low self-esteem by uncovering their bodies? Has our hyper-sexualized society led them to believe that the most important thing about them, for good or for bad, is their bodies?
Those are things to ponder. I think we also need to look to our leadership to set an example. This is not something that will be fixed overnight, but I think that Brownback is our best hope to help our young women. He’s dedicated to his wife, which shows that you don’t have to be young and nubile to have a happy relationship. He’s focused on humanitarian issues, which will hopefully show our self-absorbed society to look beyond themselves and to realize the true beauty of a kind heart. He has strong morals and values, and the dignity and integrity that emanate from him can only serve as an excellent example to our society.
There are no easy answers for our country’s women, but hopefully, with the right influence in Washington, we’ll at least start learning to ask the right questions.
Thanks to Kingdom of Idiots for the interesting link.