Here, as father to a baby girl, I am sharing my views on the pressures placed on girls in today’s society and stating that there is no such thing as plus size!
No Such Thing as Plus Size.
Who invented the term plus size? There is no such thing.
Women who are pigeon holed into being plus sized models are not plus sized, they are perfectly normal sized.
For decades now the media and fashion brands have, under the false impression that all men find skinny girls attractive, put undue pressure on women to conform to the size zero look.
I think about the world that our 10 month old little girl is growing up in a lot and I do not want it to be a world where she feels any sort of pressure to lose weight or conform to a certain look just because the media or a fashion label says that it is ok.
It would make me happy to see our daughter meet friends and eventually a partner that love her for who she is, not what her waist size is or how she looks.
Our little treasure LT.
I want her to feel comfortable just the way she is, comfortable in her own skin and confident that she can be an individual and look just how she wants to look, with no pressure to look like models that she sees in magazines or advertisements.
The fact that the term plus-sized even exists to describe models that are not size zero is wrong in my opinion. Models are models it makes no difference as to their size and why draw attention to the fact that plus sized models are thought of as being any different to other models?
This is not an attack on slim girls or size zero models it is an attack on a society and media that has made it acceptable to put girls and women under pressure to lose weight and conform to a look which they have decided is desirable.
I would like to see more advertising campaigns that promote individuality for girls, being comfortable in your own skin and wearing whatever it is that you chose with pride.
The Children’s Society.
The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.
I was stunned to read some of the results of The Children’s Society’s recent research which found that more than a quarter of a million girls aged 10-15 across the country are not happy with their lives overall; one in seven of all girls in that age group. Whilst boys’ well-being is staying the same, girls’ is getting worse.
The picture is even starker when it comes to personal appearance with a third of 10-15-year-old girls not being happy with their looks.
I feel that these depressing statistics reflect the huge pressure that girls find themselves under and in my opinion this is closely linked to the pressure that girls feel to lose weight and conform to a certain look.
Obviously, I have not felt these feelings first hand but I am speaking as a father to a young girl who wants this situation to change.
If you fancy doing something wonderful The Children’s Society needs support to call on the Government to make sure mental health support is available in all UK schools. Together we can change the situation highlighted in the above research.
Please share this message with your friends and do visit the website to read more or to find out details of what you can do to help.
Until next time…..
Be excellent to each other.
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