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#morethanwhatyousee Monday

Every Monday on Dear Daughters we will be celebrating #morethanwhatyousee Monday! This is when we celebrate people for who they are and not what they look like. Currently, a woman’s worth is measured by appearance. She is judged on her hairstyle, her makeup, her weight, how she dresses, etc. There is no weight given to what she does, what she says, how she acts, what she knows.

Did you know that:

American teenagers spend: 31 hours a week watching T.V., 17 hours a week listening to music, 3 hours a week watching movies, 4 minutes a week reading magazines, and 10 hours a week online. That’s 10 hours and 45 minutes of media consumption a day.

U.S advertisers spent $235.6 billion in 2009. 80% of the countries in the world have GDP’s less than that.

Girls between 11 and 14 see on average 500 ads a day

How this affects our girls:

Forty-two percent of first to third-grade girls want to be thinner, while 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of getting fat

53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number increases to 78% by age 17.

It is estimated that out of the 8 million people with an eating disorder 7 of those million are women.

65% of US women and girls report disordered eating behaviors.

Depression in women has doubled since 1970

The number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youth under age 19 more than tripled from 1997 to 2007.

U.S women spend $12,000 to $15,000 a year on beauty products and salon services

(All statistics taken from The Representation Project website)

Men are not immune from the pressure to look a certain way either. Media promotes the perfectly muscular, hairless hunk as the “ideal” man.

So everyone (girls and boys, women and men) join us on #morethanwhatyousee Monday and let’s take the focus off of our bodies!

Tweet something you love about yourself or that people may not know about you, that has nothing to do with your appearance, using the hashtag #morethanwhatyousee

If you have a blog please feel free to share the link each and everytime you tweet on #morethanwhatyousee Monday.

 

 

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