I am a regular reader of the JunkFood Science blog, and I think Sandy Szwarc does a great job of giving us fodder for critical thinking in relationship to what the mainstream media (hereafter “MSM”) tries to shove down our throats regarding science, health, food, and nutrition.
As is my habit, I check out the leading article du jour and today’s simply makes me want to cry. It’s entitled Botox for Teens?. Sandy looks at The Australian News and an article stating that “girls are now the sum of their body parts.” It opens with the story of Lily, who is SIX YEARS OLD and who wouldn’t go swimming, for fear SOMEONE WOULD THINK SHE WAS FAT.
You have got to be freakin’ kidding me!
Australian girls are reported as “regularly using” a binge-and-purge cycle to lose weight, that plastic surgery and Botox are being marketed to them so they can “avoid future wrinkling,” and that younger and younger girls are seeking “Brazilian waxes” because their boyfriends complain they don’t look like the girls in porn magazines.
This is one of the most disheartening things I have read in quite some time, and I vacillate between wanting to puke and cry. It really, literally makes me want to do one or both of these things.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OUR CHILDREN? Have we as parents and adults that guide our families and the culture entirely disengaged? Are we letting the Madison-Avenue types turn our children in to people who will always doubt themselves, who see their self-worth only in their sexuality, and care nothing for the development of their minds and talents? Have we abandoned our boys to “doing whatever comes natural,” even if it screws them up for their future mates, or gives them a disease that we can only hope is managed or cured in the future?
Although this study was done in Australia, I have no doubt that similar results would be found in the good ole US of A. We’re in the midst of a “created crisis” (i.e., it’s not real!) over weight and the food police are out in droves, trying to prevent us from “killing ourselves” through what we eat.
Um, last time I checked, LIFE was FATAL. 100% of those who are born WILL DIE. The question becomes how we live our lives in between our arrival and departure. Do we let others dictate how we feel about ourselves, even if we don’t match up to size 0 women in magazines? Do we let others with a monetary agenda shape and form our children and their self-worth and values, or do we take the bull by the horns, turn off the television, and reinforce what is truly important to them? That they are beautiful, intelligent, and amazing creatures even if they don’t look like what is paraded in front of them by the MSM? That their potential has nothing to do with their sexuality, the wrinkles they might develop, or how “fat” they look in a bathing suit?
I shudder to think that we might raise our kids (or abdicate raising our kids to those who will step in and feed them a pack of lies) to be in worse shape than we are with regard to our self worth and self image.
I, for one, have no intention of marching lock-step with those who think that someone’s value is based on their external appearance. This isn’t about marching to the beat of a different drummer, it’s about listening to the orchestral music behind the noise and hearing God’s love for us in the music and as He speaks it, and then passing it along to our children. And subsequently, our grandchildren.
May you hear that orchestra of love and realize that you are worth far more than what the MSM would have you believe.
God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 .