You may have noticed that I didn't post a Dress Like a Girl Post today. While I did make a point to add some sparkle to my day I just was not feeling like talking about being girlie and pretty today.
You see I am a mom to two girls. I struggled so much of my life with feeling unattractive and beating up my body and my self. I don’t want that for my daughters. I want them to always know that they are beautiful and that their bodies are strong.
What does that have to do with adding some sparkle and dressing up a little bit?
Two nights ago a 16 year old girl from Virginia did something amazing, after only making the national team a year ago she won the gold medal in the Women's gymnastics all-around. She did it was class, and grace. She is the type of girl I want my daughters to look up to. I want them to see that girls can be strong and capture the attention and limelight for skills and not looks.
Only the headlines weren’t about her skills.
They weren’t about her smile, her strength, her leadership.
They were about her hair.
Countless articles, tweets and Facebook posts about her hair.
I got so infuriated when I saw someone comment on a friends post with “it was a great performance but I wish the American’s didn’t have such sloppy hair”
I posted this:
Why in 2012 is it still okay to be picking apart a TEENAGER over some mundane physical attribute such as hair.
My heart just hurts today.
It hurts for this ridiculous messed up world that my daughters will have to live in.
It hurts for a sweet 16 year old girl who is having her physical appearance nit picked by couch potatoes around the country.
My heart hurts for a nation that is more concerned with how a girl (woman) looks than what she can do.
Can you image anyone, anyone having this conversation about a male athlete? I mean really? Have you seen Clay Matthews hair?