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More Than One Way to be a Girl

“I wish someone would have told me that, just because I’m a girl, I don’t have to get married.” ~Marlo Thomas

Are we to blame for reinforcing a wedding obsessed culture? From a very young age, we’re handed baby dolls and toy kitchens. We play house and dream of our Prince Charming and Happily Ever After. Disney movies show little girls that “completion” equals a prince and a wedding….is it any wonder that society is so confused?

Watch this video and think about this as you buy presents this holiday season for your nieces, siblings, and the other young women in your life. Help us BREAK stereotypes and show the youth a different path to happiness.

From PinkstinksUK on Vimeo.

5 comments on “More Than One Way to be a Girl

  1. Andrea P.

    This is so true! I’m going to try my best to either not buy pink, or if I do, I will counter anything “girly” with other non girly things. I think a healthy balance is key. It’s okay to buy girl stuff, but make sure you are building a subconscious trait in the child.

  2. Deborah Smith

    Okay. That was a weird video. Did anyone ever think that the parents who were raising them had stay-at-home moms and a dad who brought home the bacon. Now that that “norm” has changed, so will the way parent/s approach raising their children. Giving girls “girl” things is okay. However, always remind them that there is a whole world out there and help them to look at the possibilities for themselves when they “grow up.”

  3. Interesting. I absolutely agree that there is more than one way to be a girl. Hell, I was the little girl who refused a barbie doll because I wanted a Swiss army knife. I also refused to wear pink (until I fell in love with it as an adult!) and still prefer Maleficent to a princess any day.

    However, I don’t think girls that like pink and princesses and tutus should be made to feel “less than” for their preferences–it’s still one of the many ways to be a girl.

    I think what we really need are adults who are willing to show girls all the options and then listen to what they want, whether that’s a doll or a pocket knife. It should be about building confidence in our girls and young women so they can make the best choice FOR THEM, regardless of societal norms and pressures. For some, girly-girl will always be their first choice. Does that make them wrong or less intelligent?

    Anyway, I’ve drifted way off topic. Thought provoking post. Thanks!

    • Thanks for the comment, and I agree with you. We (as a society) need to give them the options and let them decide……. And, building on that, there needs to be more options out there to begin with.

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