Have you seen the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition? Dads, have you, eyebrows raised, smiling and sighing, flipped through it with your sons? Moms, have you and your daughters expressed envy of the models' bodies, or reactively criticized your own? Perhaps the last time you went to your local grocery store you noticed it by the checkout line, right at your three-year old's eye-level, and you wondered how viewing the nearly naked woman on its cover would affect your child. Dads, maybe you've downloaded the swimsuit edition into your phone, eager to know that you can take it with you anywhere and view it at any time, but your thirteen-year-old daughter found it accidently when you lent her your phone to look up something else; something wholesome; something harmless.
I've written before about my concerns regarding the effects of our pornified culture on our children. Today I want to bring to your attention the content of a provocative and proactive email I received yesterday from the staff of Miss Representation (www.missrepresentation.org). It offered specific suggestions for creating change: positive change; healthy change.
Here are some noteworthy perspectives from their email:
I'm grateful for the work of the staff of Miss Representation, and for the content of their email, and I hope that you'll decide to adopt these practices and spread the word in your communities. You can find more inspiration by and for girls at www.girlsforchange.org, and for girls who are dating, www.loveisrespect.org offers useful information and support. I also encourage you to watch the film at www.missrepresentation.org.