Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Raising Gold Diggers

As sad as it may seem, this is not the first time I have been offended by Wal-Mart's selection of little girl clothing.

These panties were sold in children's size at Wal-Mart. They are Christmas themed...apparently. The front states, "Who needs credit cards..." and the back reads, "When you have Santa..." That is almost a cute idea if it were not on the crotch of little girls' panties! We wonder why our children are so spoiled, why they are so sexualized, why they "grow up so fast". How can anyone not see the consequences of these actions? The mentality you are teaching your daughter is to find a sugar daddy; spend someone else's money.

Now some will argue that it is supposed to be funny. Like I said, it has potential to be cute, but not on children's underwear! Also, consider how often children age 3 to 8 get subtle humor and sarcasm...

We have to be so careful what we show and teach our children. We should encourage them in many ways, but be aware of what you are encouraging.

One angry blogger wrote, "there's nothing quite like telling adolescent girls that they don't need to worry about finances since they have their very own moneypot between their legs". We must take an active role in shaping our children.

Why not turn this into a positive? Teach your daughters about spending and saving carefully and wisely, and then they still won't need credit cards (for a while at least), but for much better reasons. Use this lesson as something you can teach your daughter, even if you just teach her 'what NOT to do'.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Relief for the Girl from Qatif

Thank God for squeaky wheels.
The king of Saudi Arabia has released The Girl From Qatif after several other nations expressed great distaste and concern for her emotional and mental well-being. He expressed that he did not doubt the judgement made, but was acting in the "interest of the people".
Further details on the story (that I did not have before) make the situation more clear. The woman (19 years old) had recently gotten married, so she met this man to retrieve a picture he had of her. In the mind of modesty she did not want another man to have a photograph of her. By being in the presence of a man who was not her relative, she broke a deep rooted law and had to be punished, EVEN THOUGH her encounter ended with her being raped by seven men.
I begged you all to pray and keep this poor girl in your minds. Many people, including our own president, made their displeasure known. Thanks to their words and actions, this girl has been released from prison.
We need to acknowledge the power of our actions. I am not assuming my action had any direct correlation to the president's actions. I am only saying that speaking up can and will make a difference. Take heart in that, and take a stand.
(original article)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Jennifer Love Hewitt

These are some comments made by anonymous online abusers referring to this swimsuit picture:

“I guess success has gone to her head and she thinks it doesn’t matter how fat she gets now.”
“If you think flabby is sexy, then yes, she is still sexy. Firm is always better than flab.”
“She needs to stop wearing bikinis until she starts working out.”
“She should be embarrassed about how overweight she is. She needs to talk to Jessica Biel or Nadja Bjorlin about getting in shape.”

Ladies, I am not making this up. I copied those directly from the article where I found them. I couldn't believe my eyes.
If this body is a representation of "fat" (now considered a proverbial 'four letter word') to our society, than what are the rest of us supposed to do?
Hewitt, a beautiful, curvy young woman, is proud of her body. She always has been. She used to be very thin (and popular), and this is probably partly due to her breasts. She has always had the top half of a "fat girl". No one ever seemed to mind her massive mammories when she was squeezed into a tiny dress and almost falling out of the top. Funny how the eyes of society are so selective. Except that it isn't funny at all.
What sort of image and ideal do we set for ourselves? For our children? Do you realize, in America, how young girls start to abuse their own bodies in an effort to "perfect" them? You can see 6 year olds in yoga class talking about carbs, 8 year olds skipping meals and weighing themselves 3 times a day, girls getting breast implants for their sweet sixteen or earlier. How long can we allow this to go on?
Yes, there is a weight crisis in America. In fact, there are a few. As a country we are severely unhealthy and overweight. What about those who starve themselves and get lipo to go from a 0 to a 00? Who is talking about their weight crisis? I am, and I am sick of this false standard.
The sliver of silver on the outside of this dark cloud is this : The "Ghost Whisperer" star says she loves her body, and according to buzz there are folks out there that agree. Searches on "jennifer love hewitt sexy" jumped 41%, proving that every dude doesn't desire a size zero.
There is a movement beginning of men who don't want women they are afraid will break beneath them. For that, I am thankful.

In JLH's words, “To all the girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini – put it on and stay strong.”