Okay, don't laugh at me, but I was, um...watching Oprah today
...because the focus was on the marginalization of women and how we are raising a generation of girls who judge their self-worth by their looks. Of course, as a new mama to a new baby girl, it caught my attention because among the many things I want to be for Small Anne, a good role model is at the very top of the list. And I want to know how to strike the right balance, to let her know that yes, she is beautiful because it's nice to be beautiful, everyone likes to feel beautiful; but it is not all she is, nor even one of the most important things about her. I want her to feel confident in herself, but know that her looks really have nothing to do with anything about who she is. Or, as Jill Conner Browne put it, "It is a good thing to be pretty. But we are not just
pretty, and pretty all by itself is not worth much since it lasts only about an hour, relative to the rest of your life."
Not that I would ever look to Oprah for anything but entertainment (though she is an awesome philanthropist), but I knew it would be interesting. Anyway, as part of the show, they ran this commercial Dove apparently premiered during the Super Bowl. People, it made me cry. Seriously. It took me right back to junior high, and it made me think how crushed I would be if Small Anne ever feels one-tenth of the way I felt back then (and I actually had pretty good self-esteem, really, but man, those junior high years are KILLER).
So I found the commercial on YouTube here
, and it is awesome. I thought some of you might like to check it out.