An Interesting Barbie Campaign
My readers will recognize my response as an excerpt from one of my blogs. This is my response to this article in the Huffington Post.
Dear Galia, I applaud your effort! I wish I’d been influenced by someone like you when I was a young girl just beginning to get assaulted by unrealistic expectations of what my body should look like despite what my body was able to do. Despite my abilities, I too often heard the phrase, “You’d be great if you lost __# of pounds. I have scoured every corner of my mind, looking for one scenario when I actually asked someone, “What do you think would make me great?” I came up with Zilch, Zippo, None! And yet my mind is filled with anecdotes and events in which I advised, “You’d be great if you lost ___# of pounds.” I heard this from Miss Peterson, in Junior High School when I tried out for the Booster Squad. My jumps were perfect, my splits dead on; and my voice? Booming, loud, and projecting. I had spirit, I had agility, I had fat. I didn’t make the team… “You’d be great if you lost….” I’ve since spent my career addressing these early influences. Perhaps if I had the type of peer support you are providing for young girls I would have confidently looked Miss Peterson straight in her eyes and said, “The only reason you don’t want me on this squad is because you don’t like the way I look in the uniform, it has nothing to do with my ability to execute the moves.” Warmly, Dr. Deah Schwartz, leftoverstogo.com.