Reasons Not to Tell Little Girls They’re Pretty

Lisa Bloom writes in HuffPost Books that “twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize.” Just from looking at people on the street I can see that a troubling number of women and girls are indeed working hard to make others think of them as sex objects.

Bloom offers a prescription for working to combat this problem, one little girl at a time, one encounter at a time: when you meet a little girl, don’t let the first thing you say be how cute/pretty/princess-like she looks. Ask her what her favorite book is instead. It’s a small step but in a very welcome direction.

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